Masonic apron

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Masonic apron
Masonic apron
Title
Masonic apron
Date 
1770-1800
Medium 
Silk, metal
Dimensions 
a (apron): 23 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 1/8 in. (58.7 x 41 x 0.3 cm)b (sash): 4 1/8 x 70 1/4 x 1/8 in. (10.5 x 178.4 x 0.3 cm)
Credit Line 
Gift of Goodhue Livingston, Jr.
Object Number 
1951.523ab
Gallery Label 
This white silk Masonic apron belonged to Chancellor Livingston, who was an active member of the Freemasons. The iconography embroidered on the front symbolize the Masonic themes of truth, liberty and citizenship. The apron itself referenced the original garment of the stonemason, and thus was a badge of membership and honor within the fraternity. Aprons were commonly worn by lodge members during important ceremonies. Livingston may have worn his apron when executing his duties as Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of New York, where he was a member from 1784 to 1801.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group