Master Mason Certificate, 1822

Blank Master Mason certificate

Master Mason Certificate, designed ca. 1822, printed mid-1900s
Alexandria-Washington Lodge, No. 22, Alexandria, Virginia
Designed by Alexander Chevalier
Engraved by Peter Rushton Maverick (1755-1811), New York, New York
A78/026/001

Made famous by the fact that George Washington (1732-1799) had been a member and once served as Lodge Master, the Masonic lodge in Alexandria has long celebrated its association with the country’s first president. In 1805 it changed its name to Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. The original design for this certificate likely pre-dated the new name; the angel with a trumpet (representing Fame) displays a banner that notes the old name of the lodge, “Alexandria Lodge No. 22.”  The lodge still owns the plate from which this certificate was printed.