You have landed at the Virtual Museum of Fezology – a website devoted to that funny little hat known as a “fez!” This site is dedicated to cataloging and displaying examples of fraternal fezzes from all organizations
in an effort to create a pictoral reference for collectors and others. Just what is a fez?
Fez (n) – a felt cap having the shape of a truncated cone, ornamented with a tassel. (You can go read more at Wikipedia if you’re looking for a longer definition along with some history!)
The museum is divided up into several virtual “exhibits” listed above. So, sit back, put on your favorite hat, and start your tour!
Today, we find ourselves one day away from the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. As we look towards the oncoming holiday season, we wanted to take a moment and update the museum with a few new acquisitions in a token of thanks to our readers.
We’ll start by sharing our new exhibit on the Royal Order of Jesters, an organization tied to the Shriners. The fez we have obtained from this group may not really be a fez at all, but it’s full of character. Once you’ve had your fill of Mirth, we’ll direct your attention over to the Fraternal Order of Eagles exhibit, where we are now displaying one of the rarest fezzes in the collection – a white fez that belonged to a Past Grand Worthy President. Lastly, we’ve added a new Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan fez, which once belonged to a District Deputy Imperial Prince.
We hope that you enjoy this update! Rest assured, we will continue to add pieces to the collection as we find them. Keep the spirit of fraternalism alive and well this holiday season and have a safe and healthy new year!
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As September rolls along, we realized that we had a backlog of new pieces to post to the musuem for you to enjoy.
First up is a mystery fez, of green color, with some curious designs on it. This was a private purchase and we have no idea what group it belongs to. Take a look and see if you can shed any light on it!
Next, we have a National Order of Alley Cats fez, just in time for Halloween. It’s an interestingly designed fez that harkens to an earlier era with kitschy charm.
Lastly, is a Caliphs of Bagdad fez. The group this fez hails from has confounded even the National Heritage Museum. While the fez itself isn’t a mystery, the group sure is. If you happen to have any information, send us a message so we can enlighten the rest of the world!
We hope you enjoyed these updates. Keep checking back, as we’re always adding to the collection!
Hello there intrepid reader! I know, I know, it’s been a while. FIrst Winter was busy. Then Spring was busy. Then summer wanted to get in on the action and be busy too. But, we’ve managed to find two new fezzes to bring you. While they won’t provide much protection against the sun, they will provide you a with a style second-to-none!
First up, we have an Herald Editors fez over at the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan exhibit. This fez has more after market decoration than any other in the collection. It’s pretty clear the owner was proud to wear it and spent much time on the road at Fraternal events.
Speaking of being on the road, why not hop on the passenger car and chug over to our new exhibit, featuring a Pennsylvania Railroad Club fez. This piece, unlike anything we’ve seen before, is incredibly unique and represents a cool part of Pennsylvania history.
We hope to be back with more fezzes in the late summer, so check back and see what we’ve dug up!
Yes! After having only posted one month ago, we’re back with two exciting additions to our humble collection.
First, check out the awesome new Past Master Councilor’s fez over in the DeMolay area. It’s quite old and nicely emobroidered with gold, so you won’t want to miss it.
Then, you can skee-daddle over to the Imperial Order of Muscovites display, as we’ve managed to acquire another Muscovites fez, dating from 1923. This piece is in very good condition and marks a leap forward in knowledge of the group.
As always, we hope you’re having a great year and we look forward to bringing you more fezzes in the future!
Good day, fezzians! Today, we bring you a long awaited update to the Museum, with two new ladies exhibits.
First up is a brand new section devoted to the Lady Muscovites, a small order designed for women related to members of the Imperial Order of Muscovites, who were affiliated with the Odd Fellows. This piece is one of the rarest in the collection!
Our other addition is a Shriner’s Lady of a Noble fez. While it may not be very fancy, it is something different and represents an interesting trend in the Shrine.
We hope you made it through the winter months well and we look forward to bringing you more fezzy goodness in the future!
Well, only two updates, but still – that’s pretty good!
We hope everyone had an excellent holiday season. We know we did! Santa brought us two new fezzes for the collection and we’re excited to share them with you.
First up, we have a super exciting addition to our United Ancient Order of Druides exhibit, in the form of a Past Grand Chief Knight fez, hailing from the ladies auxiliary of the organization.
We’re also pleased to post an addition to our Order of Alhambra collection. We recently acquired a Regional Chaplain’s fez, which would have belonged to a Catholic priest. It’s an awesome find, so check it out!
Thanks for stopping by!
It’s hard to believe that it has been more than three months since we’ve updated the fez museum – and close to four months since we’ve added a new exhibit. Thankfully, that streak is being broken, as we’re adding two new additions to the collection today.
A quick stroll over to the Knights of Pythias area will uncover a new Knights of Pythias Chaplains fez, unique from our other Pythian pieces. Following on the heals of that fez, we have a brand new exhibit over at the American Woodmen page. This fraternal group is one of the few that underwent a racial change during it’s history and has managed to survive despite some tumultuous times. Check them out!
As always, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to bringing you more fezzes in the future!
We are proud to announce a new resources for fez collectors! After more than a year of work, we are happy to release our “Fez Grading Guide” to the world.
This guide will help any collector rate their fez on a 15 point scale. Up to five points can be awarded in three categories – condition, rarity, and age. The higher the score, the more valuable the fez!
We hope you find this guide useful. We will be using it in our correspondence with others when we are asked to value a fez, making the process a bit more transparent.
This guide will permanently reside our our Resources area.
As 2013 begins to wind down, we find ourselves staring down the season of Fall. Just in time for this seasonal switch, we come to you with a few new additions to the collection.
First up, we have a wonderful, home made, Order of Alhambra Candidates Fez. It’s certainly worth checking out, if only for how odd it is! Next, take a step over to the new Mecca Shriners exhibit, wherein you’ll find a very early (and quite old) example of a Shriners fez from the first Shrine to be founded. Lastly, we’ve added a new social club to the mix, with the posting of the fez of a member of the Fire Square Club of New York City.
We thank you for checking back to the museum. As always, we will update when more fezzes are added to the collection!
After a two month hiatus, we’re back! We’ve added two fezzes to the collection in recent weeks and we are ready to unveil the additional displays. First, check out the updated AMOS section, where we have a uniquely tasseled addition from Murad Sanctorum No. 202. Then, shimmy on over to our brand new exhibit for the Queen of the South, a Prince-Hall affiliated Degree for women.
As you heard in our previous posts, things are slow a the Museum. This is mainly due to how extensive our collection has become. We now have more than 120 fezzes, representing a significant number of fraternal groups. As the collection has grown, it has become harder to source the rare and obscure pieces we need to continue with updates. As such our posting schedule is going to be more sporadic, only updating whenever we have something new to share with you.
We appreciate your continued support and look forward to bringing you more fezzy goodness!