TAFC.2016.84 ~ Knights of Pythias Fez, National Lodge No. 141
Red wool Knights of Pythias fez, from National Lodge No. 141, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fez wool is standard red. Lettering is embroidered in bright yellow thread, in a comic sans font. Emblem in a simple Pythian triangle, with FCB in blue, yellow, and red diamonds. Tassel is blue. Crown is perforated, and there is a metal grommet in the center of each set of perforations.
Fez has leather sweat band, printed in black with a stamp by maker,
The C.E. Ward Co., New London, Ohio.
TAFC.2016.85 ~ Knights of Pythias of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa Fez, Goodwill Lodge No. 380
Red wool Knights of Pythias Fez, from Goodwill Lodge No. 380, Clayton, North Carolina. Fez wool is standard red. Lettering is in rhinestones in metal bezels, outlined in twisted metal bullion wire. Emblem is a patch, with blue background embroidered in yellow and red. A Pythian triangle with FCB in blue, red, and yellow, with a knight’s helmet with a bird on the crest, two crossed axes, and an open book or Bible with a sword on top of it. Tassel is yellow, and long (about 12”) for the vintage. Rhinestone tassel chain. Broad, heavy leather sweat band.
Goodwill 380 is a lodge of African-American Knights of Pythias (Knights of Pythias of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa), founded in 1947.
A large satin panel lines the reverse of the embroidered panel, with an adhesive label with maker’s information. Gel Lauterer Corp, 310 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60606
The use of a zip code places this fez after 1963.