The Imperial Order of Muscovites remains one of the most elusive and interesting fraternal bodies covered by this Museum. Even more elusive, however, is information and regalia from their ladies auxiliary, sometimes refered to as the Lady Muscovites / Ladies of the Muscovites / Ladies of the Muscovees. Outside of small acounts offered by archived newspapers, we know very little about the organization and operation of the group. The funniest story found to date recalls how a reporter tried to gain admission into a meeting of the Lady Muscovites and was summarily hazed and ridiculed by the ladies until he left.
The fez, as shown here, is of orange felt – a very unusual color to be sure. Like the regular Muscovites fez, it has wooly band around the bottom with the name of the local group embroidered in bullion. In this case, the name is “Rada” which would have been based out of Oregon. The only examples of Lady Muscovites fezzes show Rada, so it is presumed that this was the only operational group that wore these fezzes. The tassel is plain and black. The emblem on the front is an embroidered patch, bearing the logo of the group.