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The International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. is an organization that is considered “clandestine” (in Masonic parlance) by all of the Prince Hall and State Masonic Grand Lodges of the United States and the rest of the world. “Clandestine” is a term used to indicate a mason or masonic organization that for whatever reason falls outside of the common statutes, landmarks, and traditions of those who consider them to be such. It is an obtuse definition, I know.
Think of it this way: in the early centuries of Protestant churches, the Catholic church would have considered any such non-Catholics to be, in these terms, clandestine. Any such outré Christians would not have been welcome to sit in a Catholic church, and certainly would not have been welcome to receive sacraments there. Likewise, it would have been a violation of the rules and tenets of a Catholic to attend services in any such Protestant church, etc.
Similarly, International Masons (and many other organizations that call themselves Masons), not being in amity with the predominant Grand Lodges, are not allowed in Lodges subordinate to those predominant Grand Lodges; nor vice versa.
It does become a sticky subject, however. For about two centuries, the (predominantly black) Prince Hall Affiliated Masons were considered clandestine by the (predominantly white) so-called “mainstream” [sic] Grand Lodges, but generally only in America. Grand Lodges in Europe tended to accept and recognize Prince Hall, based on their clearly legitimate Masonic lineage. Over the past 30 years or so, many states in the US have come to recognize Prince Hall Masons, though some Grand Lodges (those being most of the formerly Confederate states and West Virginia) still consider Prince Hall Masons to be clandestine.
Regardless, the pieces found under this subsection will belong to organizations that my Grand Lodge, the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of New Mexico, as well as the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Mexico, hold to be clandestine. It’s not a value judgement on my part, but rather a reflection of traditions and rules.
TAFC.2016.87 ~ International Masons Order of Eastern Star Fez
Blue OES fez from Ruth Chapter No. 48, Detroit, Michigan. Decoration is embroidered directly into the wool. Twelve inch yellow tassel, stitched to the fez just below the knot. Standard OES star (copy and paste)with an altar in the white center, with each ray with a different color and symbol. Red-cup. Blue-sword. Yellow-sheaf of wheat. White-crowned scepter. Green-broken column.
At the inner points are the letters F A T A L.
Fez crown is perforated, and there is a synthetic leather sweat band.
Interior panel over the reverse of embroidery is a satin-sheened polyester paper, layed in with adhesive, and has maker’s information: “D. Turin & Co., Inc. Hialeah, Florida.
TAFC.2016.89 ~ International Masons Order of Eastern Star Fez
Black Order of Eastern Star from Electa Chapter 104, Bronx, N.Y. Lettering is embroidered into the wool, star emblem is a patch that is stitched on. No tassel. Emblem is standard OES star with an altar in the white center, with each ray with a different color and symbol. Red-cup. Blue-sword. Yellow-sheaf of wheat. White-crowned scepter. Green-broken column. At the inner points are the letters F A T A L. . Yellow lettering reads: ELECTA 104 INT’L MASONS BRONX, NY
Maroon satin interior panel has hand-cut, return address label-sized label has (odd) maker’s information:
Masonic Supply Co. Fraternal Supplies and Jewelry, 175 5th Ave., N.Y.C.
TAFC.2009.81 ~ Daughters of the Nile Fez, Saphar Temple, Fresno, CA
White Daughters of Isis fez, for Past Illustrious Commandress Daughter Elouise McDowell.
White/cream fez with “Saphar 148” and “Past Ill Commandress” in rhinestones set in white plastic cups. Isis figure in multicolored stones, set in metal cups, over an embroidered figure.
Purchased in original white fez case, with Dt. McDowell’s name affixed.
PHA Daughters of Isis courts top out at 107 (2016 DOIPHA website), so I believe this is clandestine.
TAFC.2009.20 ~ Clandestine Shrine Fez, Sahara Temple No. 20
Red clandestine Shrine fez. Maroon velour, black tassel. A newer fez with gold bullion embroidery around gemstone lettering and decorations set in white plastic cups. Rhinestones are highly colorful, in white, green and red. Stones of the crescent and scimitar are set over silver foil. Fake pearls outline the emblem and emblazon the star. Tassel has no clip or other decoration.
Temple name “Sahara” in rather large and ornate lettering, with a number “20” over the emblem. I have it on good authority that this is a clandestine org piece, not coming from the Prince Hall Affiliated AEAONMS. Many thanks to Brother Tony James for the clear identification on this fez.