Today’s objects are a Royal Arch Companion apron and a Master Mason’s Craft apron. These are lodge regalia donated by I. Bremer. The Royal Arch is the continuation of Craft Freemasonry; its members, called Companions, meet in Chapters under a Grand Chapter. The degrees of freemasonry, its gradal system, retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, journeyman or fellow (now called Fellowcraft), and Master Mason. These are the degrees offered by craft, or blue lodge Freemasonry.
If you have more information about these objects that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or email@example.com, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to: 1997.023.3 (Royal Arch Companion), 1997.023.4 (Master Mason Craft).