Masonic sash, ca. 1782
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Silk, gold thread, gold sequins, gold beads, silver thread, silver sequins, and crystal; H. 28 1/2 in. (66.8 cm), W. 5 1/4 in. (11.0 cm)
Collection of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.), M. 9310
The embroidered silk sash is believed to have been worn by Franklin to the meetings of the French Masonic lodge of which he was an active member.
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