TAFC.2010.8 ~ DOKK Fez, Tel El Kabir Temple 146
Black DOKK fez.
Black felt, black tassel.
Dated based on Imperial Secretary signature, dates it to ca 1915-ca 1929.
Top is perforated.
Lettering and design in heavy, raised silk (?) embroidery. In block capitals, “Tel El Kebir 146” over the emblem with one yellow and one purple crescent, with a total of five stars arranged along them, a tiger head patch in the center, and “D.O.K.K.” completing the circle, from the tips of the crescents. Heavy wrapped wire borders the two crescents.
There is also a gold-toned scimitar pin, with the emblem of the order in enamel and metal over the center.
Interior maker’s label is light blue-grey with the text:
“OFFICIAL FEZ, Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan, [facsimile signature] A.L. Frey, MFGD. by THE WARD-STILSON CO., ANDERSON, INDIANA
Beneath the stiff, crumbling leather band are the initials W.H.A in ink pen, on the lower edge of the grey label.
Part of a large omnibus gift of hats, medals, and “stuff” from Burkley Grey.
TAFC.2011.18 ~ Nomads of Avrudaka Fez, El Fatima No.17, Norfolk, VA
Nomads of Avrudaka fez, a ladies organization attached to the Pythian DOKK degrees.
Fez is white wool with purple tassel (there was also a yellow tassel in the fez bag that accompanies this hat, at the time of catalog, I don’t know the significance vis a vis degrees or offices). Yellow embroidery across front reads “N of A” above emblem, and “EL FATIMA 17 NORFOLK . VA.” Emblem is an embroidered patch which is stitched to fez with yellow thread, and consists of stylized N O and A monogram, over a yellow sword, over a green and white flowering plant.
A safety pin latched from inside the fez penetrates upper dexter surface and holds fez cord in place.
Cotton printed panel inside,which is coming loose from hat, reads “Property of Nomad _________ [no name written in], OFFICIAL FEZ, NOMADS OF AVRUDAKA, Edith M Stephens [facsimile signature], IMPERIAL SCRIBE, [manufacturer’s info] 100% WOOL”