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!
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!
Good day loyal reader! We just wanted to take a moment and let you know that things are a bit slow here at the museum. We don’t have anything new to report at this time. So, instead, enjoy this silly fez based picture!
As soon as we have updates, we’ll be sure to post them!
Hello intrepid reader! It’s been a little more than a month since our last update, but today we come to you with two new fezzes for your sparkling eyes!
We’ve added a new fez to the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans exhibit,that is quite old. Part of the fez might even pre-date the creation of AMOS, so check it out! Once you’ve gotten your fill there, a new exhibit is open in the Shriners area for Tangier Shrine. This old fez has some very unique construction techniques that are sure to pique the interest of any historian and collector.
We will continue add pieces as we receive them, but this monthly schedule of posting seems to be working out well. As always, we are continuously looking for odd pieces to add to our collection, so if you have something unique, drop us a line using the Contact page.
As we round out the month of January, we find that it’s time to once again update the Virtual Museum of Fezology. January was a pretty slow month for the collection, with only one new addition. We were able to score an Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection Sheik’s fez, dating from the earliest part of the 20th Century. You can check out that exhibit for all the info.
As always, if you have a fez you’re interested in donating or selling, check out our Buying page for more details.
New Year’s greetings from the Virtual Museum of Fezology! While it was a busy holiday season, the Museum did manage to pick up a couple of new pieces to share with you, our loyal viewers.
First, swing on by the National Order of Trench Rats exhibit to see a Past Golden Rodent’s fez. Yep – that’s what it’s called. We can’t make this stuff up people! Once your eyes have beheld that site, swing on over to the Ubar Grotto page to see what a brand new Past Monarch’s fez looks like. We think you’ll be blinded by the light!
Once again, the museum thanks you for your patronage and we look forward to a fez filled 2013! Huzzah!
Well, good day there reader! Welcome once again to the Virtual Museum of Fezology – the internet’s foremost expert on fraternal fezzes.
Today, we bring an update to the Museum, with three new pieces. First, stop on by the Zembo Shrine exhibit to see a great example of an older members fez that is gussied up with lots of rhinestones. Once you’ve marveled appropriately, slip on over to the Unknown Fezzes area and check out the short little fez labeled Naomi. Perhaps you can tell us what it is! Lastly, we’ve added a very old piece to the Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection exhibit.
We hope that you enjoy these updates and we look forward to continuing the fezzy fun in the new year. Have a great holiday season!
Today, the museum is proud to post a piece that has been a long time coming. We’ve completed and opened the exhibit on the Imperial Order of Muscovites! This fraternal group is one of the most interesting we’ve ever come across. Not only do we have a fez to show you, but we also are providing a history of the order. Check out the new exhibit – we’re sure you’re going to love it!
Our fezological findings continue, as we bring you three new pieces to the museum.
First up, we have the addition of a really nice DOKK fez that is rendered entirely in bullion (with a 3d tiger no less!) This piece is unlike any other DOKK fez we’ve seen, so it’s sure to please!
Then, you can take a gander at the latest in our collection of Unknown Fezzes – Muezzin, Phila. We have no idea what this fez relates to, other than it comes from Philadelphia and was manufactured in that city. If you can provide any information on the hat, it’d be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, we added a an update to the United Commercial Travelers exhibit, in the form of the Ancient Mystic Order of Bagmen of Bagdad (sic.) This fun group, which is part of the United Commercial Travelers, has an all too familiar Arab theme, but mixes it with some insurance sales for its members.
On a final note, the museum has come into possession of one the rarest fezzes out there – an Imperial Order of Muscovites fez. We are taking extra time to prepare this exhibit, as it will include links to articles and other documents that show the history of this wacky and short lived fraternal order. Check back to see when we post it!
Thanks to the folks over at Fez-o-rama for this great cartoon!
As the fall season approaches, the fez business has picked up a bit. Today we’re bringing you a couple of updates to the Museum, but we still have at least three more pieces to be added. It’s nice to have the collection growing at such a pace and we enjoy sharing it with you!
Our two updates for today show variations in design from some very familiar groups. First, we have a nice Al Malaikah Shrine Band fez. Al Malaikah is one the most renowned Shrines in the world and we’re happy to be able to finally add a fez from the organization to the collection.
Next up we have alternate color scheme on a Knights of Pythias fez. It provides a nice contrast to the piece we already had in the collection and continues to fill in some of the smaller niches in the collection.
We’ve got our eyes on a couple nice pieces floating around at auction and other places. We hope to be able to bring them to you very soon!
Well hello there intrepid reader!
As promised, we have some more updates for our Museum!
First, take a stroll over to the AMOS exhibit and check out the new Past Grand Monarch fez that was recently acquired. This piece would have belonged to an officer of a local “Sanctorum” and shows the progression of tassel colors as a member rises in authority within the group.
Once you’re finished there, check out the new Elks Fez we added. Having belonged to Quaker City Lodge No. 720, this piece is quite old, but is still in amazing shape. This is the kind of history we love to find!
Since our last update, we’ve stumbled upon a few more fezzes, so more updates are due in!