R. Ill. Comp John C. Jacobson

District Grand Master

The Silver Trowel

Thrice Illustrious Master Degree – The Silver Trowel



The Thrice Illustrious Master degree, more often referred to as the Silver Trowel, was introduced to this country in 2009. Membership of this order is restricted. The District Grand Master can only recommend one Installed Master from each of his District Councils and each recommendation has to be personally approved by the Most Illustrious Grand Master.


The Silver Trowel degree takes place annually, prior to the May meeting of the Essex Installed Masters’ Council, and recipients are entitled to have a hallmarked Silver Trowel pinned to the flap of their apron.


Chronologically, the Silver Trowel precedes the Royal and Select degree. The Silver Trowel degree covers the final, and dying, days of King David and his desire that his son, Solomon, should be anointed King after him.