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Without a doubt, the Masonic apron has been developed from the apron adorned by operative masons during the middle ages. It appears as though the original operative aprons were fashioned from the skin of an animal; most likely a sheep. The apron was large enough to cover up the wearer from their chest to their ankles. The apron was held by a leathern strap which passed round the wearer’s neck. From each side of the apron, a strap enabled the mason to tie the apron around his waist. The Masonic aprons were also large, easily covering a man from his chest to his ankles. The method of securing the apron was that of operative masons, with the bow and strings in front. This method was continued later, even when silk or linen strings were used. The use of this this type of apron continued for several centuries. The woven apron used by modern masons is somewhat new in the whole scope of things as it did not come into use until the eighteenth century.
The wearing of the leather apron was around for a long time as the leather Masonic apron was the predominant apron worn until the mid 1700’s when softer materials and more comfortable materials came into use.
Uniformity in the material, design, form and decorations of the apron were not officially insisted upon by the United Grand Lodge until 1814. The pattern was submitted and agreed to in May of 1814 prescribing the order for general uniformity.
Although the design has changed a bit since 1814, the original order was that the Entered Apprentice Apron shall be: A plain white lamb skin 14 to 16 inches wide, 12 to 14 inches deep, square at bottom, with white strings and without decoration of any kind. A Fellow Craft Apron may be: A plain white lamb skin, much like the entered apprentice, only with the addition only of two sky-blue rosettes at the bottom. The Master Mason Apron shall be similar with sky-blue lining and edging, 1 1/2 inch deep, and an additional rosette on the fall or flap. No other decorations or colors shall be allowed except to officers and past officers of the lodges, who may have the emblems in silver or white in the center of the apron.
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