“ So Mote It Be”: Masonic Symbols in Decorative Arts from the Carolina Low Country
Hogarth’s  Night (Satire)
Origins of Freemasonry
Masonic Work
Freemasonry in Colonial America Grand Lodge of England and a central meeting between four lodges of London in 1716 at the ...
Freemasonry in Colonial America
Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Aprons  </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture  </li></ul><ul><li>Jewels  </li></ul><ul><li>Floorclot...
Masonic Decorative Arts Utilitarian <ul><li>ceramic pitchers </li></ul><ul><li>Bowls </li></ul><ul><li>blown-molded flasks...
Masonic Decorative Arts Symbols <ul><li>First floor – checkered ground-floor pavement of King Solomon’s Temple (E.A. work)...
Masonic Affiliation <ul><li>John Ritto Penniman Floor Cloth </li></ul><ul><li>Benjamin Bucktrout Worshipful Master’s Chair...
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Master Mason’s Apron by Thomas Coram </li></ul>
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Master Mason’s Apron by Thomas Coram
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Masonic Aprons
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Knights Templar
Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Master Mason’s Apron by Thomas Coram
Where Do We (I) Go From Here?
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So Mote It Be

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I delivered this presentation in 2005 while a participant in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts\' Low Country Summer Institute. MESDA is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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So Mote It Be

  1. 1. “ So Mote It Be”: Masonic Symbols in Decorative Arts from the Carolina Low Country
  2. 2. Hogarth’s Night (Satire)
  3. 3. Origins of Freemasonry
  4. 4. Masonic Work
  5. 5. Freemasonry in Colonial America Grand Lodge of England and a central meeting between four lodges of London in 1716 at the Apple Tree Tavern Reached North America in the 1730s and each of the thirteen colonies had established lodges by 1765 The earliest lodge of Freemasons in America was organized in Philadelphia’s Old Tun Tavern in 1730-31.
  6. 6. Freemasonry in Colonial America
  7. 7. Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Aprons </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Jewels </li></ul><ul><li>Floorcloths </li></ul><ul><li>Tracing boards </li></ul><ul><li>Charts </li></ul>Fraternal
  8. 8. Masonic Decorative Arts Utilitarian <ul><li>ceramic pitchers </li></ul><ul><li>Bowls </li></ul><ul><li>blown-molded flasks </li></ul><ul><li>glass artifacts </li></ul>
  9. 9. Masonic Decorative Arts Symbols <ul><li>First floor – checkered ground-floor pavement of King Solomon’s Temple (E.A. work) </li></ul><ul><li>Second floor – Middle chamber of King Solomon’s Temple w/working tools of a F.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Third floor – Sanctum Sanctorium of Holy of Holies of Solomon’s Temple; symbols of the M.M. degree; veiled from above is “Celestial Lodge” presided over by the All-Seeing Eye of God. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Masonic Affiliation <ul><li>John Ritto Penniman Floor Cloth </li></ul><ul><li>Benjamin Bucktrout Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
  11. 11. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
  12. 12. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Master Mason’s Apron by Thomas Coram </li></ul>
  13. 13. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
  14. 14. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
  15. 15. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
  16. 16. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts <ul><li>Union Kilwinning Lodge No. 4, Worshipful Master’s Chair </li></ul>
  17. 17. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Master Mason’s Apron by Thomas Coram
  18. 18. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Masonic Aprons
  19. 19. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Knights Templar
  20. 20. Charleston Masonic Decorative Arts Master Mason’s Apron by Thomas Coram
  21. 21. Where Do We (I) Go From Here?

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