Master Mason Certificate, 1802

Master Mason certificate issued by Morton Lodge to Silvanus Smith, 1802 December 27

Master Mason Certificate, 1802
Issued to Silvanus Smith, Morton Lodge No. 63, Hempste[a]d, New York
Engraved by William Rollinson (1762-1842), New York, New York
Museum Purchase, A87/022/001

Along with Masonic symbols, this certificate designed by William Rollinson features a depiction of King Solomon’s Temple and figures representing Justice (with scales), Prudence (with a mirror), Charity (with children), Temperance (with a pitcher) and Fortitude (with an eagle). Rollinson designed certificates with a similar layout for several other New York lodges. He tailored them by changing the lodge name and location and customizing the emblem at the top of certificate.