Daughters of Isis

The Daughters of Isis is the female auxiliary of the AEAONMS, Prince Hall Affiliated. Groups began to pop up around the early 1900’s. The Imperial Court (the national governing body) was founded in Detroit Michigan on March 24, 1910, by represenatives from Maryland, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC. The group aims to support the PHA Shrine, provided positive role models for young people, and “practice charity and benevolence, and to inculcate honor and integrity as symbolized in the legend of the Egyptian queen, the goddess Isis.” Specific programs include education and scholarships, volunteer activities, financial donations. From a small beginning of 12 “Courts” the organization now claims more than 200 local bodies, operating in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

This fez is particularly unique in that it uses the traditional Shriners logo rather than the better known egyptian figure that usually graces a Daughters of Isis fez. It is presumed that this fez is from the very early days of the organization, before they adopted their current logo and regalia.

Whereas the first fez showed what the Daughters of Isis would have worn early on, these two examples better depict the current pieces worn by the group. The first fez comes from Amer Court No. 65, located in Dayton, Ohio. The logo and name are done entirely in embroidery, which is fairly intricate. This is somewhat unusual, as most PHA fezzes that seem to prefer rhinestones over embroidery (although embroidery is often times cheaper.) The other fez, which comes from Makalia Court No. 137 located in Hartford, CT, provides an example of the more traditional Daughters fez. It is done mostly in rhinestones of varying colors and has a very nice tassel holder as well. This fez also happens to be a Past Illustrious Commanderess fez, which would have been issued to a Daughter after she served a term as local president.

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