Identifying and Measuring Vigil Sashes
This is how I have measured sashes
Arrow Length
identifying and measuring vigil sashes
The sash length is determined measuring from the top edge to the bottom, with the sash opened.
 
felt arrows
NOTCHED FELT ARROWS
   
SHORT  LONG-THIN LONG-THICK
VARIETIES OF FELT ARROWS
 
clockwise embrioded arrows Embroided clockwise arrows
EMBRIODED CLOCKWISE         EMBRIODED SCREEN PRINT FELT SMALL TRIANGLE
  COUNTERCLOCKWISE
   
variety sash arrows embriodered clockwise arrow sash
VARIETIES IN ARROWS IN CLOTH SASHES COUNTERCLOCKWISE CLOCKWISE
   
Lined and Unlined Vigil Sashes
The earliest Vigil sashes had a lining or cloth backing sewn on the back of the felt sash.
This is an important feature and helps identify the Vigil sash as something ’special”. Ordeal/Brotherhood sashes are not lined.
vigil sash backing
A sash in a display case can be identified as having a backing, without removing and turning it over.
Look for stitching going the length of the sash on the edges.
 
partitially lined sash unlined vigil sash
A Partially lined sash. The sash has a lining but the triangle does not. An unlined sash.
 
differences in arrows
You often don’t need measurements to spot details and differences in the arrowhead or shaft of an arrow.
Many sashes are about the same width, just compare the amount of felt above or below the arrow.