The very special Victorian Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer’s jewel belonging to Major Harry Vane-Stow OBE V.D.
Major Vane-Stow, 1852-1934, was appointed Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer in 1902, and was the sole recipient of the office in that year. He also received the same rank in the Royal Arch in the same year.
He was a Founder of Earl of Lathom Lodge No. 1922, John Carpenter Lodge No. 1997,
National Artillery Lodge No. 2578 where he was also the Treasurer, St. Bride Lodge No. 2817
and East Anglian Lodge No. 2920.
He was also a Member of Rose Lodge No 1622 (his Mother Lodge), Centurian Lodge No. 1718,
Jubilee masters Lodge No. 2712, Royal and Loyal Lodge No. 2952,
also Faith Royal Arch Chapter No. 141, and Ubique Mark Lodge No. 1789.
Major Vane-Stow was awarded the OBE and also the Volunteer Officers’ Decoration, a military award created by Royal Warrant under the command of Queen Victoria.
Major Vane-Stow was also connected with Epsom Racecourse at the highest level.
This ia a very special jewel, and it would be an honour and a privilege for anyone holding the office of Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer to wear this jewel.
The jewel has London Hallmarks for 1897, and is inscribed on the back Wor. Bro. Major Vane Stow.