Masonic Record Emblematic History, ca. 1874

Masonic register issued by Hartland Lodge, No. 218, to Maurice F. Sheldon, 1874 October 17

Masonic Record Emblematic History, ca. 1874
Made for Maurice F. Sheldon (ca. 1849-1906), Hartland Lodge, No. 218, Johnson's Creek, New York
Gift of John Carbonell, A79/016/1

A certificate could help authenticate a Mason’s credentials by documenting his membership in a particular lodge. This lithographed record had a different purpose. Makers designed this print for display. It is larger than typical certificates, printed in color, and features detailed images and ornaments. Attractive and poster-sized, this document was and intended to be exhibited in its owner’s home.