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Felt, thin felt arrows Vigil Sash Type 3
1930's thin arrow, thin arrows in a 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: 14" - Arrow Width: 1/2"
The arrow is longer 14" versus other felt on felt sashes
Arrow Details: 1/8" thick felt arrows.
Looking at sashes in photos you can see space between the arrows in the triangle.
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Back: Fully Lined, sash and triangle
Sash is fitted with snaps
This sash is similar to the padded cloth sash I have identified as the Area 3 1932 meeting sash. Except it’s not padded and felt rather than cloth.

There may seem to be some discrepancy in my cataloging, Identifying this sash as a Type rather than a thin arrow versus thick arrow variety. But, this thin arrow sash is from the early 1930’s while thicker arrow varieties are from the late 1930’s-1940’s. It’s possible that this is the 1931 GLM sash, but that is unknown at this time.

My experience is this sash is scarcer than other felt arrow sashes. It may be because its use was interrupted by the no arrow Vigil sash I’ve identified as Type 2. If this sash was presented to 1931 GLM Vigils the number should perhaps be changed from 3 to 2. Further research may resolve the question.

This sash has excellent documentation. The 1936 date is interesting. This sash was presented to a Manitowoc, Wi. Vigil. The no arrow Type 2 was presented to St Louis & Chicago Vigils earlier in the year. The thick arrow sash (Type 4A) was presented to 1936 Grand Lodge Meeting Vigils. The mid-1930’s was a transition time for sashes. The No Arrow Type 2, thin and thick arrow sashes were all issued within a year or two of each other.

There is a gap in my research regarding 1928-1932 sashes. We know that some 1928 Vigils received the No Arrow Type 1B’s sashes. There was no GL Meeting in 1928, but Vigils were recognized at Area 1928-30 and at the Grand Lodge Meeting in 1931 but except for the Region 7 (Owasippe sash) we don’t know what kind of sashes were used. We do not now what kind of sashes were awarded to 1931 Grand Lodge Meeting Vigils. We know that a thin arrow “padded” Vigil sash was awarded to a Unami Vigil at a 1932 Area Meeting.

It seems that thin arrow felt sashes were used between 1928 and 1932 but we need more documentation to positively say what style or type they are. It’s possible that the sash that I’ve identified as “unknown” is a 1928-1931 sash, but again I just don’t have any documentation to say positively.

thin arrow vigil sashes

Robert King Vigil Sash

Area III Meeting Vigil Sash 1932*
Thin arrow, cloth-padded sash.
Sash Material: WHITE CLOTH - Arrow: RED FELT
Triangle: RED - Arrows: CLOCKWISE
Sash Length: 33" - Sash Width: 1 7/8"
Arrow Length: 14 1/4"
Arrow Details: regular felt arrows NOT nocked
Vigil sashes area meetings
Fully lined. Sash is padded. This sash is about 1/8" thick. It has additional layers of cloth between the front and back.
* This sash comes with excellent documentation from the original owner. A Unami Chief who received Vigil at the 1932 Area III Meeting. I have labeled it an Area Meeting sash because I can document it to that event. However, it is unknown what type of sash was presented to Vigils at the 1931 Grand Lodge Meeting. Further research may identify the same or different style of sash for 1931.
Geroge Keller Sash 1932
This sash is unique in a couple of ways. It’s lined which indicates that it was made “special” as a Vigil sash. Ordeal/Brotherhood sashes from this era were not lined. It’s ‘padded”, that is it’s thick and has cloth between the front and back of the sash. It’s almost 1/8” thick.   
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