TAFC.2009.24 ~ Odd Fellows Fez, Parker Encampment No.3
Purple Odd Fellows Encampment fez.
Purple felt, yellow tassel.
An older fez with bullion lettering and decoration. Emblem is a tent with flaps pulled open, over two shepherd’s crooks. Inner surface of the tent has a fuzzy red thread with has retained its fibers. Encampment precepts are Faith, Hope and Charity, reflected in the letters inside the triple links here.
Inside, shakily hand-written on white maker’s label is the name “Bob Smith” followed by an illegible word, something like “Steekron.”
This was a fez I acquired early in my collecting, completely unaware of the Odd Fellows fraternity. Only while researching for this cataloging did I come across information on the Encampment degrees, of which, I venture to guess, this may most specifically relate to the 3° Royal Purple. Web search has not turned up conclusive info on this Encampment, possibly from New Hampshire.