Extinct Odd Fellows Appendant Bodies Fezzes


TAFC.2012.24 ~ Imperial Order of Muscovites Fez, Black Hills Kremlin

TAFC.2012.24

Dark grey Imperial Order of Muscovites fez.

Main body of the fez is a speckled charcoal grey. Around the rim of the hat is a two-inch-wide, wooly textured band, which I believe is meant to emulate the wooly hats of the steppes, or may reference certain court hats worn in the early 20th C. (http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/m/mens-court-dress-russia-1720s-1917/ see hat worn by Nicholas II) Cloth piping (cotton?) borders the wolly band, above and below.

Emblem is am embroidered patch sewn on around the edges, showing a vertical banner divided per bend, red over yellow, with the legend I O M arranged vertically down the center. From either side of the banner emerges a polar bear head, stitched with some detail, including a red tongue. Above the emblem is (probably) silk screened in gold paint the Kremlin name, “BLACK HILLS.” Probably locates this Kremlin in the Dakotas. The tassel is a rosy red, uncertain if this is faded or close to original coloring.

Interior shows no maker’s mark or label. In crown is a small piece of tape with the name “Stoughton” in dark ink, in cursive.

Sold to me in a Lilley Co. bag, labelled as “The Lilley Co.”, which would date itself to 1925-31, but the fez itself lacks a label, which determines the hat is not a Lilley piece. Bag almost certainly not original to hat.

TAFC.2012.25 ~ Lady Muscovites Fez, Kremlin Rada, Hillsboro, OR

TAFC.2012.25

Orange and black Lady Muscovites fez.

Main body of fez is bright orange felt. A 1 1/2” wide band of black felt is sewn around the rim of the hat. Black fabric (cotton) piping lines the band, above and below.

Emblem is a polar bear head facing dexter, opposite which are two triangular elements, rose above and blue below, with letters in black, L and M on them, respectively. The L is in black thread, the M is in metal bullion, and probably originally shone against the blue background. The overall composition of the emblem evokes a diamond shape.

Across the band is the Kremlin name, “Rada” embroidered in metallic bullion letters. Tassel is black.

Interior has a maker’s label from Nudelman Bros., Uniform Specialists, Dekum Bldg, Portland, Ore. Label features a printed image of three camels, with riders, under a blazing sun, with palm trees to either side on a distant horizon. The letters “I.B. are scrawled on the lower left of the label. On the felt interior, in a hazy marker of some sort (possibly pencil) is written in large numbers “3/4.”

Fez is not perforated, which suggests it being older than 1940s. Dating is very difficult here. Internet refs to Rada are from the 1950s.

TAFC.2012.26 ~ OOH&P Fez, Shacabac Hut #120

TAFC.2012.26

Dark red Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection (OOH&P) fez.

Body of fez is dark red felt. Top is not perforated. Emblem  is the basic emblem of the OOH&P, embroidered (not a patch) in fine detail, consisting of an owl sitting atop a scimitar with the legend “WE NEVER SLEEP”. From guard to point of the scimitar extends below an upward-facing crescent moon with “OOH&P” on it. Between the scimitar and moon is a sort of scene or emblem consisting of a camel, facing dexter, the OOH&P pyramid as described above with palm trees in the distance, and a fez.

Above the emblem is the name of the Hut, “Shacabac 120.” Below in elaborate old English lettering, “O.O.H.&P.”

Tassel is mixed red and blue. (In AMOS fezzes, this would suggest a Sheik and Past Grand Monarch, possibly analogous here.)

Interior has dark red cloth panel obscuring embroidery backing, with a roughly 1” square label for “Harding Army & Navy Uniforms 22 School St. Boston.”

Shacabac apparently is a character in a book called “Her Majesty the King: A Romance of the Harem” by Jeffrey Roche, published 1901.

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