Worshipful Master's Top Hat

Title

Worshipful Master's Top Hat

Description

Worn throughout the late 1700s and into the early 1900s, the top hat came to symbolize taste and gentility. In the Masonic lodge, the Master wears a top hat to signify the authority of his office and to command respect. The height of a top hat’s crown, the curl of the brim, and the material used to form the hat have all changed repeatedly over the years to reflect prevailing fashion, though the meaning of the symbol has remained the same.

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Identifier

98.011

Creator

Collins & Fairbanks, Boston, Massachusetts

Date

ca. 1900

Citation

Collins & Fairbanks, Boston, Massachusetts , “Worshipful Master's Top Hat,” Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library Online Exhibitions, accessed August 20, 2022, https://srmmlonlineexhibitions.omeka.net/items/show/1150.

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