Masonic Aprons 

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Aprons are one of the best-known symbols of Freemasons.  When the fraternity was founded in the 1700s in England and America, the group looked to the traditions and tools of actual stonemasons to develop their ritual and philosophy.  The protective leather aprons worn by stonemasons and other workmen in the 1600s and 1700s inspired these printed, painted and embroidered  symbolic aprons.

During the late 1700s and early 1800s, aprons were made from leather, silk, cotton and linen and were decorated with symbols and motifs that Masons learned as a part of their ritualized degree ceremonies.  Some were hand-painted or hand-embroidered, while others were printed from using designs from books, certificates and other materials for inspiration.

At the links below you will see a small sampling of the many designs and styles that survived into modern times.

Masonic Apron Book - "Bespangled, Painted & Embroidered"

George Washington's Masonic Apron at Philadelphia, PA

George Washington's Masonic Apron at Alexandria, VA

Patrick Craddock and The Craftsman's Apron

Masonic Apron of Brother Alf T. Ringling

Simon Bolivar's 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Apron

1800's York Rite Past High Priest Apron

1840's Silk American Masonic Apron with Native American Motif

Early Masonic Apron & Sash

Concordia Lodge No. 67 200th Anniversary Apron

A Modern Past Illustrious Master's Apron

A Modern Past High Priest Apron

Early Hand-Painted Royal Arch Mason Lambskin Apron

 

 

         

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