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At the June 1919 meeting of Grand Lodge the MW Grand Master, the Duke of Connaught, sent a message to the assembled brethren (being too ill to attend in person) in which he expressed the fervent hope that a Memorial would be erected to all those brethren who lost their lives in the Great War. Following this, the Masonic Million Memorial Fund was set up. This meeting was commemorated by the issue of the Peace Jewel, inscribed ‘Peace 1919’. Initially it was proposed that a series of medals, of increasing magnificence, should be awarded to contributing brethren according to how much they subscribed This idea was abandoned in favour of a single jewel, designed by Cyril Saunders Spackman.

The Memorial referred to was the new Freemasons’ Hall to be constructed in Great Queen Street, London. The ‘Spackman Jewel’ as it became known, was awarded in two forms. The most common (above), produced in silver with a dull finish, was awarded to all Brethren who contributed ten guineas or more to the fund. A total of 53,224 of these were issued and each one was engraved with the contributing Brother’s name. A version in gold was also awarded for a higher contribution to the fund (possibly £500, I can't remember).

Lodges subscribing an average of ten guineas or more per member were awarded a slightly larger version of the jewel, in silver gilt, to be worn by the Master of the Lodge in perpetuity on a light blue collarette. This is known as the ‘Hall Stone Jewel’. There were 1,321 Lodges that qualified in this way (London 794, Provinces 442, Overseas Districts 88).

Special Collectors were appointed for the fund and those who collected £250 or more were awarded with a Special Collector's Jewel; there are no known records of how many were awarded but they are comparatively rare. These were produced in silver with a dull finish and a dark blue enamel background, suspended from a dark blue ribbon and engraved on the reverse with the words ‘Special Collector’ and the Brother’s name.

Hope that answers your query.

Lodge No. 755 is the Lodge of St Tudno, which meets in North Wales.

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