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Sign for Holcomb's Tavern
Wood, iron
Primary Dimensions (height x width including hardware): 62 3/4 x 28 1/4in. (159.4 x 71.8cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase, through The Newman S. Hungerford Fund from Valley Lodge #36 A.F. & A.M.
Gallery Copy: This sign shape, with the free-hanging oval board in the rectangular frame, first appeared in the early 19th century. This example is packed with Masonic motifs: not only the common square and compass (symbolizing reason and faith), but also the pillars of King Solomon’s Temple, the arch of heaven, the all-seeing eye of the Supreme Being, the anchor of hope, crossed keys of secrecy, radiant sun, crescent moon, seven stars, gavel, altar, and Bible.
Object Number: 2010.188.0
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