The United Order of Splendor and Perfection was a short lived amalgamation of several of the Odd Fellows social organizations. Beginning in 1917, discussion was had between the Imperial Order of Muscovites and the Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection in regards to merging the two groups. Later, several other bodies, such as the Order of Cabiri, the Knights of Oriental Splendor, and other lesser known groups became interested in joining in the merger. By 1923 plans were drawn up to as to how the groups would form together and in August of 1924 they all officially merged into one body, named the United Order of Splendor and Perfection. The group operated for just a few years and was plagued by much internal strife. In 1925, the group was once again reorganized, this time taking on the name Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans, which still exists today.
The fez presented here is a rare example of a UOSP fez. As the group only existed for a few short years, not many fezzes were created. The design bears resemblance to the older fezzes of the Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection as well as the fezzes of AMOS, which would come later. This fez is in poor condition. It’s missing its tassel as well has having holes and pitting. However, due to the rarity of the piece, it is an important addition to the collection.