A hat is presented to the Worshipful Master during his Investiture as a reminder to
the Lodge that it his province, alone, to remain covered, while the rest of the Brethren
remain uncovered during Lodge sessions and other ceremonial occasions. The origin of
this beautiful tradition is said to have been founded upon the wearing of a crown by
King Solomon as a visible mark of refined dignity and authority.
It is said, that the Master recognizes only three superiors; The Great Architect of
the Universe, Death, and the Grand Master. He should always remove his hat during
prayer, in the presence of death (including . announcements), and when the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, or District Deputy Grand Master are present.
The Master’s hat should generally match his dress; formal (silk) hat for full dress,
a Homburg style with a Tuxedo, and an ordinary hat for ordinary dress. Frivolous caps
should never be worn.