Did you know?…………the story behind the Master’s Jewel and Chain in use today.

This column is the Hon Archivist update:

It all happened when Senior PM Derek Foster was the Master in 1986 and he remained the link throughout this story.

PM Wilfred Foster (Derek’s father) wearing the original Master’s jewel and chain at the annual banquet in 1967.
PM Wilfred Foster (Derek’s father) wearing the original Master’s jewel and chain at the annual banquet in 1967.

Here is the summary:

  • As a result the Master’s jewel worn until then was seen to be incorrect and needed to come into line with the correct Coat of Arms. Therefore, a new one was commissioned and here is a note from the Court minutes of January 1987:

“The Master produced a drawing prepared in accordance with the confirmed Coat of Arms. It was agreed that it would be appropriate to have a more impressive badge than the present example and it was agreed that the Master should follow this up’.

The section of the pencil drawing as proposed to the Court for the new Chain in 1989, before being made up.
The section of the pencil drawing as proposed to the Court for the new Chain in 1989, before being made up.

The new Jewel was presented to the Court in 1987 – click the link below for the Treasure web page to see the Master’s Old Jewel: https://www.needlemakers.org.uk/members/treasure/master-old-jewel-no-longer-used-nmp16a

The Master's old Jewel
The Master's old Jewel

and New Jewel in: https://www.needlemakers.org.uk/members/treasure/the-masters-new-jewel-treasure

The Master's new Jewel
The Master's new Jewel
PM Derek Foster wearing the old chain and Master’s New Jewel in 1988
PM Derek Foster wearing the old chain and Master’s New Jewel in 1988

In 1988, the Master’s Chain was stolen.

A new chain was commissioned in 1989 by PMs Sir Jasper Hollom and PM Derek Foster involved with the replacement. It was completed and worn with the New Jewel at the annual Banquet in 1990.

The Master's new chain and new jewel
The Master's new chain and new jewel

This new chain is much more elaborate than the old one and was loaned for an exhibition held at the Goldsmiths Hall in 1992. See the Website link to the Master’s new chain in the Treasure section: https://www.needlemakers.org.uk/members/treasure/the-masters-new-chain-nmp27

Master's new (current) chain
Master's new (current) chain