Masonic Certificate, 1828

Master Mason certificate issued by Mariner Lodge, No. 385, to William Hyler, 1828 November 11

Masonic Certificate, 1828
Issued to William Hyler, Mariner Lodge No. 385, New York, New York
Designed by John Rubens Smith (1775-1849), New York, New York
Engraved by Peter Maverick (1780-1831), New York, New York
Published by Samuel Maverick (1789-1845), New York, New York
Museum Purchase, A85/025/001

This certificate, addressed to “…all Men Enlightened on the surface of the Earth,” was filled in for William Hyler, a member of Mariner Lodge No. 385 in New York City. Seafaring men established this lodge in 1825. The lodge used a certificate printed in Spanish, English and French so that its brethren would be able to help prove their Masonic affiliation in different parts of the world.