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July 09, 2009

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Aimee Newell

Hello Kathleen: Thanks so much for reading our blog and telling us about your apron. It sounds quite interesting and I'm glad that you are trying to learn more about it historically. I will respond to you via email to see if I can be of assistance. Aimee Newell, Director of Collections

Kathleen Blair

I am not trying to sell or make money from the apron, I only want to
know it's historical value. Please let me explain.

My father was a 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite, and Shrine. He
had this Masonic Apron which he thought might be made by Paul Revere.
According to an "historian" (who is not familiar with Masonic items),
this apron dates to the early 1800s.

It is made of silk, hand-embroidered with leaves, a book saying"Do unto
others as thou wishest to be done by.", and is covered with silver dangles
around all edges, and silver in trees.

The silk has deteriorated in several places, and some of the silver, especially
around the edges has turned dark, but it is (I think) in exceptionally good
condition, especially considering its age.

I have it framed in acid-free surroundings, and can provide a photograph,
if that will help identify it. I hope you can, if nothing else, give me information
on who could tell me more about it.

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