Overall: 13 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 1/8 in. ( 34.3 x 36.8 x 0.3 cm )
Leather (probably lambskin) Masonic apron with a V-shaped flap at the top with a tooled eye in the center, sides flaring towards the bottom with rounded corners, two rows of blue running stitch around all edges, remnants of ties at the top corners on both sides; tooled Masonic symbols barely visible, in the center, the compass and square, the sun and moon on top of columns on left and right sides, a skeleton key, a trowel and a pyramid.
Gift of Mrs. Russel Hastings
tooled: center, above compass and square: "ST. John ST. John"
This apron was worn by Major-General John Blake (1753-1842), who served in the Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1780. He was a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to George Washington's lodge.
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