The Jewels of the 17th Degree of the Ancient & Accepted Rite

Article and images by Illtherefore2Bro. John G. Hattersley 31o

(by kind permission of The Museum & Library of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham) 

The 17thdegree Knight of the East and West or Knight of the West is a purely mystical Degree prophetic of the coming of the New Law. It is illustrated by symbolism drawn from the first Chapter of the Book of Revelation. The colours of the Degree are Red and Gold.

The breast jewel shown (right) is suspended from a white ribbon. In the centre of the jewel is a vertical open book to the base of which are attached the Seven Seals of Revelation. In front of the book is the Pascal Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. The reverse centre shows a pair of crossed swords points uppermost beneath a balance. Around the Jewel on both sides, at each corner, is a star above a letter.
1 2 This Heptagonal jewel is made of gold and silver. Both this jewel and the breast jewel have seven letters with a Crown or Star above each at the points of the heptagon. These letters B, D, F or S, G, H, P, P or W, are the initials of words Beauty, Divinity, Force or Strength, Glory, Honour, Power, Prudence or Wisdom. The reverse side of this jewel has no letters engraved whilst the ornate breast jewel has the initial letters of the seven churches of the Apocalypse E, S, P, T, S, P, L representing Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

It is interesting to note the variation between these individual jewels. The double sided breast jewel (top) shows the lamb standing in front of an open book with the seven seals. The jewel shown above shows the lamb laid on a book without the seals, whereas the single sided breast jewel (left) shows the lamb above an open book without the seals. It is such differences that make the study of Masonic jewels so interesting.

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