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!
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!
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.