The Sash

Sashes have been common items of military costume for centuries and King William is reported to have worn an orange-coloured sash of "the purest watered silk" at the Battle of the Boyne. Orangemen in Ireland did not however adopt the practice of wearing sashes until the mid-nineteenth century. Until then they wore cockades of blue and orange and occasionally, scarves of similar colours. After that, the traditional sash was adopted, which was worn diagonally across the body. In more recent decades the traditional sash has given way to a more manageable collarette, although this was originally intended for Lodge room use only.


Military Lodge 862, at The Somme with both
sashes and collarettes on show

Sashes are normally adorned with metal badges, detailing the Lodge's number and showing the emblems of the degrees he/she has taken. Although today, the modern collarette is most common, some Lodges still can be seen wearing the traditional style of sash.

There are numerous references to sashes in Orange poetry and songs.
The best known Orange song of all is "The Sash My Father Wore",
which was written in the late 19th Century.

One Sash from Bygone Days of Yore

Bobby Duffin with the sash and holding a newspaper
 article featuring his father wearing it

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