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Reverealsomadeatleastelevensets

ofMasonicofficer’sjewels.Onesetof

thesejewelsiscurrentlyonloantothe

NationalHeritageMuseumatSupreme

CouncilheadquartersinLexington,

MA,andincludestheoriginalreceipt

giventoSimeonPratt(1745-1805)of

WashingtonLodgebyPaulRevere&

Son.

ThereceiptisdatedApril20,1796

andshowsthatReverecharged12

poundsfor“onesettofsilverMasons

Jewels.”LocatedinRoxbury,MA,

WashingtonLodgereceiveditscharter

in1796.Prattservedasthelodge’schar-

terSeniorWarden.

ManyofRevere’scustomersduring

thelate1700swereMasons.Notcoinci-

dentally,Revere’sMasonicinvolvement

peakedduringthesesamedecades.

Hisaccountsrevealasubstantial

amountofbusinessforBostonMasonic

lodges,aswellasindividualMasons.

Between1762and1797,therewereonly

fouryearswhenhedidnotholdalodge

officeofsomekind.

Reveretookabreakfromhissilver-

smithingbusinessduringtheyearsof

theAmericanRevolution.

Around1781,hereturnedtowork

andincorporatedthenewneoclassical

styleintohiswork,withitssimplelines

inspiredbyancientGreekandRoman

culture.Asnotedonthereceiptforthe

jewelsdescribedabove,Reverebrought

hissonintothebusinessaftertheRev-

olution.

Gradually,hespentlesstimeworking

metalsandmoretimeexpandinghis

businesstoincorporateothertradesand

ventures.Afterabout1797,Revere

madefewsilveritemshimself,relying

insteadonhissonandtheirvariousap-

prenticestodothatwork.

Oneimportantexceptionisthegold

urnintheGrandLodgeofMassachu-

settscollection.

Madearound1800,Revereundoubt-

edlycreatedthisunusualandextraor-

dinarypiecehimself.FollowingGeorge

Washington’sdeathin1799,Revere,to-

getherwithJohnWarrenandJosiah

Bartlett,wrotealetterofcondolenceto

Mrs.WashingtononbehalfoftheGrand

Lodge.

Inthelettertheyaskedforalockof

Washington’shair,“aninvaluablerelic

oftheHeroandthePatriotwhomtheir

wisheswouldimmortalizeandthatit

bepreservedwiththejewelsandre-

galiaoftheSociety.”

Indeed,theurnisengraved“This

UrninclosesaLockofHairoftheIm-

mortalWashingtonPresentedJanuary

27,1800,totheMassachusettsGrand

LodgebyHisamiableWidow…“Treas-

uredbytheGrandLodgeforover200

years,theurnisstillusedonspecial

ceremonialoccasions.

AtthesametimethatReverewas

buildinghisbusinessasasilversmith,

healsospenttimeengravingcopper

platesusedtoprintavarietyofdocu-

ments.

Between1762and1784hemadeat

leastsixengravingsofnotificationsor

summonsesusedtoprovidemeeting

informationtolodgemembers.

Thesecouldthenbereprintedquickly

ascustomersaskedforthem.Healso

engravedMasoniccertificatesand

diplomas.

TheGrandLodgecollectionincludes

anexampleofasmalldiplomathat

seemstohavebeenpopularwithlocal

lodges.

EvidenceshowsthatReverekeptthis

particularversioninstockandsoldit

frequently.Althoughthediplomaisnot

signedbyRevere,itisalmostidenti-

®

WashingtonLodge
jewelscreatedby
PaulRevereare
currentlyonloan
totheNational
HeritageMuseum.

Receipt,datedApril20,1796,
showsReverecharging12
poundsfor“onesettofsilver
Masonsjewels.”