“The Gateway” ~ Painting by Paul Orban, 1930

This painting by Paul Orban, titled The Gateway, was used to illustrate an article by RW H.L. Haywood which was published in The New York Masonic Outlook, May, 1930.  RW Haywood was a Masonic author and the editor of the New York Masonic Outlook, 1925-1930. A member...

Painting by Paul Orban, 1930, Obelisk Cornerstone Ceremony

This painting by Paul Orban shows the 1880 cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Egyptian Obelisk known as Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park, New York City, NY, and it illustrated the title page of The New York Masonic Outlook, January, 1930. The caption reads:...

Apron, 1813, Marquis de Lafayette

Within the Artifact Collection of the Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York, is an apron which is attributed to the Marquis de Lafayette which was published in 1813 by Brothers Desilver & Webster. The apron is made of leather, with a black ink...

Past Master’s Jewel, 1831

This magnificent jewel was presented on April 12, 1831, to Worshipful Master William Cuscaden by Benevolent Lodge No. 142, New York. It is made of gold, silver and composite metal, with inlaid rhinestones and an amethyst, and with what may be a ruby at the top....

Print, Book of the Lodge, 1855

The Book of the Lodge was printed in 1855, by Robert Macoy (b. 1815 – d. 1895), who was a member of Lebanon Lodge No. 13; New York; NY (Raised 1848). He was also Deputy Grand Master in 1856 and 1857, as well as being recognized as a Past Grand Secretary (by...

Anderson’s Constitutions, 1723

“The Rev. James Anderson, D. D., is well known to all Masons as the compiler of the celebrated Book of Constitutions. On the 29th of September, 1721, he was commissioned by the Grand Lodge to collect and compile the history, charges, and regulations of the...

Bohemian Crystal Goblet, 1931, Czecho-Slovakia

On May 3rd, 1931, the Grand Lodge of New York was presented with this lidded crystal goblet from the Grand Lodge Lessing zu den drei Ringen, from Prague, (Czechoslovakia) in celebration of the Grand Lodge of New  York’s 150th Anniversary. Engraved around the lid is:...

Grand Secretary’s Apron, 1799

A silk apron worn by Grand Secretary Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck), who served as Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of New York during the last year of MW Robert R Livingston’s time as Grand Master (1784-1800). This Apron was presented in 1802 by...

Fossil found on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

This amazing artifact was listed in the 1886 catalog, the first artifact catalog created after the Committee of Antiquities was organized in September of 1886, and so is one of the earliest artifacts donated to the Grand Lodge Library and Museum. The record states...