Masonic Aprons

The Masonic Apron is the badge of membership for Freemasons. It symbolises the protective apron worn by stonemasons and in its original form was a complete lambskin. When an individual joins Freemasonry he completes three ceremonies or “degrees”. After completing the first he receives a plain white apron and for completing the second he receives an apron which has 2 sky blue rosettes on the lower corners.

The master mason’s apron, which is awarded after completion of the third degree, has sky blue edges and 3 sky blue rosettes.

As a mason progresses through Freemasonry the aprons become more elaborate. Thus when he becomes master of the lodge the rosettes are replaced by upside down “T” shapes and when he further progresses the pale blue is replaced by dark blue with gold decoration. The more senior ranks have aprons in two styles – one richly decorated in gold embroidery for “best” and one in blue silk embroidery for everyday wear.

Many of the other Orders in Freemasonry also wear aprons but with different designs and colours.

A selection of aprons from the different Orders and ranks can be seen in the Museum.