Worshipful Master's Chair


Worshipful Master's Chair


John Luker made this chair for the Master of Swan Lodge No. 358 in New Mount Pleasant, Ohio. Luker delineated Masonic symbols on the chair using metallic paint. In a softly lit lodge room the contrast of the metallic paint with the dark color of the chair would have been striking. In 1870, around the time Luker manufactured the chair, he lived with his brother. His brother worked in the “metallic roofing business,” suggesting a source for the metallic powders Luker used to decorate the chair.

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Gift of the Estate of Charles V. Hagler,


John Luker (b. 1838), Vinton County, Ohio


ca. 1870


John Luker (b. 1838), Vinton County, Ohio , “Worshipful Master's Chair,” Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library Online Exhibitions, accessed July 14, 2024, https://srmmlonlineexhibitions.omeka.net/items/show/578.