Masonic apron, third quarter 18th century
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Silk; H. 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm), W. 13 1/4 in. (33.5 cm), L. tape 25 in.
Musée de la Franc-maçonnerie (Paris)
This Masonic apron is part of the regalia of the French lodge of which Franklin was a member during his years in France. It is said to have been passed down to him after having been worn by two illustrious forebears, during their membership in the Lodge: Helvétius and Voltaire.
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