Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Order of Sanctissima Sophia

A great new acquisition. This is a piece of blank headed paper (7"x9") from the Grand Master of the Order of Sanctissima Sophia, a quasi-chivalric religious order set up by, among others, Frederick Rolfe. The Grandmaster in question was Harry Pirie-Gordon who was also a close friend and collaborator with Rolfe for a time, before Rolfe's usual querulous pattern in friendship asserted itself. The coat of arms was probably designed by Rolfe and Pirie-Gordon together as they both had a deep interest in heraldry and The OSS was, among other things, something of an exercise in creative heraldry.

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