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Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales
and its Districts and Councils Overseas

District of Severn

Grand Tilers of Solomon

This Degree has a legend similar to that of the Cryptic Degree of Select Master, but with interesting variations, in particular with respect to the period of the occurrences. It has also much in common with the Degree of Intimate Secretary (6� of the Ancient and Accepted Rite). It is known to have been worked in the United States of America since about 1761: it has however not been traced with certainty as having been worked in England before it was conferred in 1893 on the Grand Master and other leading members of the Grand Council by the then Grand Secretary, R. W. Bro. C. F. Mater, who had obtained it in the United States and had been specially delegated to work it in this country. The Degree was thereupon added to the original four authorised to be worked under the Grand Council. The Degree warns of the great danger of carelessness and of hasty judgment and teaches the importance of careful tiling. The candidate in this Degree is said to be �Admitted into the Degree of Masons Elect of Twenty-Seven and Created a Grand Tiler of Solomon�. The regalia traditionally worn in this Degree consists of the following:-
Sash: of fiery red silk edged with a narrow border of pale grey on each side.
Jewel: which is attached to the sash, is a black triangle edged with gold, suspended by a ribbon of fiery red edged with grey. The Jewel is inscribed on the obverse with the number 27 in Hebrew characters namely Kaph and Zayin. It should bear on the reverse the Ineffable Name in the Qabalistic Order. On the ribbon are mounted three crowns and a hand holding a dagger pointing downwards.
Apron: of black satin trimmed with gold lace, rectangular in shape with a triangular pall or flap; embroidered in gold in the centre is a crown and on the flap a right hand grasping a dagger pointing downward.

In modern practice the only item of regalia which is worn is a similar jewel on the breast suspended by a narrower ribbon of the same colours as the sash.