STEWARD 1972 / R.M.I.G / 3x9cm
“EMPIRE FOR GOD” “PRO MERITO”
Royal Masonic Institution For Girls 1972 Pro Merito Gilt & Enamels Steward Jewel
Please note that the photographs may show the jewel or parts of it as being larger than it is in reality.
The Royal Masonic Institution For Girls was set up to educate the girls from families who had lost a Freemason parent. In 1978 it became a fee paying school that accepted girls who were not from Masonic families and the school is now known as the Royal Masonic School For Girls.
The suspender at the top is in gilt, it has a red enamel rose to the top above a panel of white enamel which contains the details:19 STEWARD 72; below the white panel, in the centre is R.M.I.G with a small red enamel panel at either end, each containing an ornate letter. To the back of the top suspender there is a long stick pin attachment. There then follows a white ribbon which has a flexible ring at the bottom which in turn attaches to a fixed suspension ring at the back of the actual jewel. The jewel itself has an image of an owl above laurel branches at the top. The jewel is in the shape of a rose head, the petals in red enamel and bordered with gilt, a small green enamel 'leaf' punctuates between each rose petal. To the centre there is a shield in black, red and yellow enamels, contained in a white enamel band containing the words:
FOR GOD EMPIRE; beneath this there is a white enamel banner containing the motto: PRO MERITO.