Royal Arch Mason Certificate, 1823

Royal Arch certificate issued to John F. Kern,  Jr., 1823 May 19

Royal Arch Mason Certificate, 1823
Issued to John F. Kern, Jr. (1800-1874), Laurens County, South Carolina
Engraved by Charles Cushing Wright (1796-1846) and Daniel H. Smith, Charleston, South Carolina
Museum Purchase, A85/030

John F. Kern, Jr., received this certificate from the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Carolina in 1823. The two engravers who designed it, Charles Cushing Wright and Daniel H. Smith, modeled the certificate on one issued by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of England in 1792. Like the English model, this certificate features columns and an arch and other symbols related to the Royal Arch degrees, as well as text in English and Latin.