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Catalog Number 2009.90
Object Name Plate
Title Franklin Lodge Benjamin Franklin Bicentennial Plate
Artist Unknown
Date 1906
Description Blue and white porcelain plate with gold trim. Central 3/4 portrait of Benjamin Franklin between dates 1706 and 1906. "200th Anniversary of the birth of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" around top perimeter. "Commemorated January 31st 1906 By FRANKLIN LODGE No. 134 F.&A.M." around bottom perimeter.
Label This plate commemorates the 1906 bicentenary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. It was issued by a Philadelphia-based Freemason’s lodge, and Franklin’s portrayal was likely inspired by Joseph Siffred Duplessis’ 1778 "fur collar portrait." Franklin was one of the Freemason’s most famous early members, having joined the order in 1731, partly as a way to form connections in Philadelphia. He continued his involvement in Freemasonry while in France and was Grand Master of Pennsylvania in 1734 and 1749.
Material Porcelain
Dimensions D-1 Dia-9.5 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 20th century
twentieth century
Founding Father
commemorative