- The dress uniform for a Sir Knight is a black US navy-style coat, work with plain black trousers, tie, shoes, and socks. Headgear is a black chapeau with a black plume. It is recommended that the chapeau be stored covered, dry, and hanging upside down in order to extend the life and appearance of the plume. If you do not have a chapeau, it is permissible to wear the dress cap per the Grand Commander.
- The fatigue uniform is similar to the dress uniform, except the fatigue cap, and white gloves are worn.
- If your Commandery adopts the cap and mantle and/or the summer uniform, your Commander, Recorder, or petition-signer will inform you of the specifics required and the proper wear of the uniform.
- Officer and members wear silver colored insignia, while Commanders and Past Commanders wear gold-colored insignia.
- Current dais officers (equivalent to Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens of the Symbolic Lodge) wear shoulder straps of green; Past Commander and officers of the Grand Commandery wear shoulder straps of red. Past Grand Commanders and Grand Encampment officers wear purple shoulder straps.
- The complete uniform is normally work at Order conferrals, special observances, parades and Grand Conclaves.
- Please refer to the rules and regulations of the Grand Commandery of Maryland governing the proper wearing of the uniform and accoutrements. (see below)
- All officers of a Commandery are required to have, as a minimum, the full dress uniform of a Knight Templar, and all Sir Knights are encouraged to have one.
Grand Commandery of Maryland UNIFORM REGULATIONSFrom the “CONSTITUTION, REGULATIONS And BY-LAWS of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar Of the State of Maryland“:
Sec. 200. TEMPLAR COAT
A. FOR SIR KNIGHTS
B. FOR COMMANDERS
C. FOR PAST COMMANDERS
D. FOR GRAND OFFICERS
E. FOR THE GRAND COMMANDER
F. FOR PAST GRAND COMMANDERS
The Templar coat shall be the same as that for the Grand Commander except that the Templar sleeve crosses shall be purple trimmed in gold.
Sec. 201. JEWELS
Only approved Knights Templar jewels and medals shall be worn; and these shall be attached to the left breast pocket in the following order from the left arm:
Other Rules for Jewels not found in the Constitution:
- Traditionally no more than three jewels should be worn at one time across the left breast pocket, however you can wear a fourth if it will fit.
- The first jewel you stop wearing, if you have more than three is the Red Cross.
- Once you receive it, you always wear your Malta Jewel. Once the Red Cross jewel is removed the Malta jewel is always the jewel closest to your left arm.
- If you are an officer of a Commandery or the Grand Commandery the jewel of your office should be the furthest jewel from your left arm.
- “Priority” of Jewels (not placement)
- Grand Commandery supersedes Commandery. Officers of the Grand Commandery should always wear their Jewels of office (except for Past Grand Commanders, see below).
- Officers of the Grand Commandery may also elect to no longer wear their Commandery Jewel, now that they are serving the whole State of Maryland.
- Past Commander / Past Grand Commander Jewels, super cede the need for an Officer Jewel (Commandery/Grand Commandery). For example, the Past Commander of Commandery, doesn’t need to wear the Jewel of office in the Commandery, if he is wearing his Past Commander’s Jewel.
Frequent Jewel Combinations
The Past Commander’s Association Jewel and Veteran’s Medal* may be worn centered above the row of jewels, with the Veteran’s Medal* inboard of the Past Commander’s Jewel.
- Medals (above the pocket)
Sec. 202. NAME BADGE
Sec. 203. TEMPLAR CHAPEAU
The Templar chapeau with black plumes shall conform with those heretofore and now in general use. On the left side shall be a black satin rosette, elliptical in shape surrounded by black satin points.
A. For Sir Knights
B. For Commanders and Past Commanders
C. For Grand Officers
D. For Grand Commanders
E. For Past Grand Commander
Sec. 204. DRESS CAP
In lieu of the chapeau and/or fatigue cap, a military style black dress cap as follows:
A. For Past Grand Commanders:
Military style dress cap with black top, black band, and black visor with one row of gold oak leaves and acorns, purple Templar Cross two inches in height, bullion/embroidered or metal, trimmed in gold, fixed to the front of the cap, and a gold chin strap attached with gold buttons.
B. For Grand Commander:
Same as above except red Templar Cross.
C. For Grand Commandery officers:
Same as above except plain black visor.
D. For Commanders and Past Commanders:
E. For all other Sir Knights:
While not specified in the Constitution, the dress cap may be worn in lieu of a chapeau except for Dias Officers.
Sec. 205. FATIGUE UNIFORM
The fatigue uniform shall consist of the Templar coat, trousers, fatigue cap, sword and scabbard, shirt, tie, black shoes and hose, and white gloves.
A. FATIGUE CAP
- The fatigue cap shall be a military style cap having a black patent leather visor. It shall have a rigid standing front and the crown shall have a conductor style circular rim and be made of black cloth having a dull finish. It shall be trimmed with a black cap band; a flat black leather front strap fastened with white Knight Templar buttons; and a red passion cross, (one and one-quarter inches) in height with a raised center.
- Commanders, Past Commanders, Grand Commanders, and Past Grand Commanders shall have the fatigue cap trimmed as applicably prescribed in accordance with Section 205 A through E.
Sec. 206. SUMMER UNIFORM
A. Permitted Memorial Day through Labor Day, at the discretion of the presiding officer.
Plain Black as prescribed.
White shirt, short sleeves, of military style with shoulder epaulets and two flap pockets,
one on each breast.
Black tie optional at the discretion of the Senior Officer present.
E. Sword Belt & Sword:
As prescribed. No slings to be used.
G. Name Badge:
The name badge shall be of metal, gold color, 1/2-inch wide by 2 1/2-inch long, with the full name of the wearer in black letters to be worn centered above the wearer’s right pocket.
H. A metal ribbon bar, representing Commandery Jewels, to be worn centered over the wearer’s left pocket.
- The metal bar shall contain three black panels, each surrounded with a silver line, each
panel 1-inch wide.
- On the left panel shall be a miniature Red Cross Jewel, on the center panel shall be centered a miniature Malta Jewel.
- On the right panel, shall be a Templar Cross with a Cross and Crown in the center.
I. Shoulder Insignia:
- For Grand Commandery Officers: A red Templar Cross surrounded by a gold line,
one-inch square, to be worn in the center of each epaulet.
- For Past Grand Commanders: The same except the color shall be purple.
- For Past Commanders, Commanders, Generalissimos, and Captains General: A metal bar, 3/4-inch by 1 1/2-inch of green or red color surrounded by a gold or silver line, as
appropriate to the office, with appropriate emblems of their rank as currently prescribed to be worn centered on each epaulet. Essentially these are miniatures of currently prescribed shoulder straps in metal, and of similar configuration.
J. Collar Insignia (optional):
- For Grand or Past Grand Commandery Officers, shall be 1/2-inch gold cut out letters with the abbreviation of the State as prescribed by the US Postal Service to be worn on the wearer’s left and right collar.
- For Commanders or Past Commanders, 1/2-inch gold State Abbreviations as above on the left collar with 1/2-inch cut out gold Commandery Number on right collar.
- Sir Knights below the rank of Commander are the same as for Commanders and Past Commanders, except the color shall be silver. These insignia to be worn centered on the collar and parallel with the top edge and set back 3/4-inch from the leading edge of the collar.
- For Past Grand Commanders: Military style Navel Garrison Cap with white top, black
band, and black visor with one row of gold oak leaves and acorns, metal purple Templar
Cross, 2-1/4-inch square, fixed to the front of the black band and a gold chin strap attached with gold buttons.
- For Grand Commanders: Same as above except red Templar Cross.
- For Grand Commandery Officers: Same as above except plain black visor.
- For Commanders and Past Commanders: Same as above except with a 1 3/4-inch by 2-inch red metal Passion Cross trimmed in gold with rays.
- For all other Sir Knights: Same as above except using a red metal passion cross trimmed in silver and a silver chin strap attached with silver buttons.