For sale is this very unusual item. I believe this to be an early Fraternal order apron, possibly from the Masons. This is a very early piece with interesting gold metallic embroidery depicting symbols. I would say that this dates from the 1850s or earlier. This is in good condition for the age. Some of the metallic trim has come loose, and the purple velvet has some staining. There is a purple silk belt with floral designs on it. It measures 15" x 15" with 2 1/2" metallic trim. I have been told by a master Mason that this represents the York Rite, Cryptic Council Masons.
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