STEWARD 1974 / R.M.I.G / 3x9cm
marples & beasley
Gilt, light and dark blue and white enamel badge with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with an escutcheon party per pale, the left half with a gilt crown and a white cinquefoil on a pale blue ground, the right half with a gilt tower on a white ground, a gilt square and compasses above, white panels to either side dated in gilt letters ‘19’ ‘74’, a deep blue ribbon above and below inscribed ‘ROYAL MASONIC’ and ‘INSTITUTION FOR GIRLS’ respectively; the reverse plain with maker’s mark ‘MARPLES & BEASLEY / BIRMINGHAM’ and with ghost mirror images of the face, probably from storage; on original ribbon with gilt and pale blue enamel top bar, the face inscribed ‘STEWARD’ in gilt letters, the reverse plain with pin for wear; with compliments card from the Secretary; in original pasteboard case of issue by Marples & Beasley Ltd., Birmingham. The Royal Masonic Institution for Girls was established in 1788 as a charitable girl’s school specifically for the daughters of deceased and distressed Freemasons. It was renamed the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls in 1868 and is today the Royal Masonic School for Girls, an independent fee-paying secondary school. The Badge was issued in very small numbers and is not often found.