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Object ID Number SAM 1928.10
Object Name Apron, Fraternal
Artist Poltol, J.T.
Title Fraternal Apron
Date 1834
Culture American
Copyright Public Domain
Credit line Gift of Edith Allen Phelps
Exhibit Label Aprons are typically worn to protect the wearer’s clothing, but this is an example of how seemingly utilitarian objects can be decorative and celebratory pieces depending on the materials used in creation, and the intended use. The fraternal apron was created for John S. Phelps in 1834, prior to his coming to Missouri. Created by J.T. Poltol, the apron is made of white leather, and painted with various symbols. Silk ribbon is attached around the border, and a cord would have been present to tie around the wearer’s waist.
Material lambskin
Height (in) 14.5
Width (in) 14
Signed Name "J.T. Poltol"
Signature Location Bottom, just left of center
Currently on view No
People Phelps, John
Phelps, Edith Allen
Subjects Mason
Fraternal