Felt, thich felt arrows Vigil Sash TYPE 4A
1936- 1938 Thick arrow, thick arrows in the triangle
Sash Material: WHITE FELT - Arrow: RED FELT
Triangle: RED FELT - Arrows: CLOCKWISE
Sash Length: 28 1/2" - Sash Width: 2-1/2"
Arrow Length: 13" - Arrow Width: 3/4" thick
Arrow Details: 1/4" thick felt arrows, nearly touching
thick vigil sash arrow
Back: Fully lined, sash and triangle
Sash is fitted with snaps
This is the sash presented to Vigil’s at the 1938 Grand Lodge Meeting in St. Louis, MO. Excellent documentation exists.
back of Vigil 1938 sash
White cloth lining on earliest Vigil sashes.
front of 1938 Vigil Sash
1938 Grand Lodge Vigil vigil 2 1938 grand lodge meeting vigil 3 from 1938 grand lodge meeting
Type 4 sashes worn at the 1938 Meeting. The thick arrow and large arrows in the triangle are easy to identify in photos.
Sashes exist, issued in 1935, with a slightly thinner arrow. You will not confuse them with the thin arrow sashes but you may come across one that is perhaps just a little bit narrower. I did not want to make a separate classification for a 1/4" difference, but you may.

Felt, felt arrows Vigil Sash Type 4B
1939 Thick arrow, thin arrows in a triangle
Sash Material: WHITE FELT - Arrow: RED FELT
Triangle: RED FELT - Arrows: CLOCKWISE
Sash Length: 29 1/2" - Sash Width: 2 1/2"
Arrow Length: 13 1/2" - Arrow Width: 1" thick
Arrow Details: 1/8" thick felt arrows,
1939 Vigil sash arrows
Back: Fully lined, sash and triangle
Sash is fitted with snaps.
There is excellent documentation for this 1939 sash. Four separate sashes exist in collections with positive identification to 1939. It seems odd that sashes would go from a thin arrow and thin arrows in the triangle to thick arrow and arrows and then back again to thin arrows with a 3/4” size between the 1/2” thin arrow sash and the 1” thick arrow sash but that appears to be what happened.
Varieties Exist
I have good documentation for the late 1930’s sashes. This style of sash was used through 1945. A 1943 sash exists that is similar to the 1938 sash but the arrow is 12” instead of 13”.
A 1935 sash exists with a 1/8” narrower arrow. It’s possible that these sashes were made by different manufacturers. Orders were placed with one company in 1935, another in 1938 or
’39 and yet another in 1943. Or, just varieties caused by cutting the red arrow out of felt. It is unknown which sash was presented to Vigils recognized at the 1940 GLM in 1940. Forty individuals received the Vigil in 1940 and if we could learn which sash was given, thick
arrows or thin arrows, it would be a benefit in dating and identifying.


vigil sash id tag
type 4B vigil sash