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Rare Tracing Board Cloth
VERY RARE and original, ca1800 Masonic Printed Tracing Board Cloth featuring dozens of images of Masonic symbols and emblems along with two, 4 stanza Freemason Songs. This fantastic, late 18th or early 19th century Printed Textile Hanky measures approx. 25 by 23 and is made of a delicate and finely woven cotton fabric. It is printed entirely in red ink using an engraved copper plate. The Handkerchief features a central image of a Masonic Arch enclosing a portrait of King Solomon behind an open book with compass and square before the book and a large letter G hanging above Solomons head. The field surrounding the arch features individual images of dozens of Masonic symbols and emblems as can be seen in the scans below. Below the steps leading up to the central arch the name John Leland has been neatly and expertly added in hand sewn cross stitch in the manner seen on samplers of the period. At the top and the bottom of the textile there are printed the words to 2 different, 4 stanza Songs about Masonry. The first song reads: Let Masons fame resound, Through all the nations round, From pole to pole: See what felicity, Harmless simplicity, Like electricity, Runs through the whole. Such sweet variety, Never had society, Ever before: Faith, Hope, and Charity, Love and Sincerity, Without Temerity, Charm more and more. When in the lodge were met, And in due order set, Happy are we: Our works are glorious, Deeds meritorious, Never censorious, But always free. Masons have long been free, And may they ever be Great as of yore: For many ages past Masonry has stood fast, And may its glory last Till times no more. The entire textile is surrounded by a border featuring many more Masonic Symbols and emblems. The textile is undated and unsigned by the manufacturer but the materials and the style date it to the late 18th or very early 19th century. This delicate and beautiful printed textile is in very good condition. The printed image is strong but a bit fading. The fabric is clean and has only a few scattered small spots of foxing. The Hankie is sound, intact and complete but does have some small areas of thinning as well as a couple of very small holes at the left hand edge. Overall this rare Masonic Printed Handkerchief is well preserved and will display beautifully with a quality matting and framing.
All stones are synthetic unless otherwise noted.
WHO CAN BUY: It's ok to buy masonic items as gifts for people you know who may be freemasons. It's not ok to pass yourself off as a freemason if you are not a member. In fact, doing so is illegal in many areas.