The National Order of Alley Cats is a unique organization. It is a ladies auxiliary to the National Order of Trench Rats. Both organizations provide charity and support to veterans, specifically with the Disabled American Veterans organization. Local bodies are referred to as “Rat Traps,” making reference to the idea that the women have “trapped” the men in the local “Dugout” of the Trench Rats. The group was founded in 1943 and still exists today, although it’s very small. The presiding officer is titled the “Golden Cat” with members being referred to as “Sister Cats.”
The fez itself is dark blue in color with a very dark blue (nearly black) tassel. It’s very short, fitting more like a pill box or traditional smoking hat than a fez. It is made out of cloth, being constructed of two parts – the conical body and then a cap piece. They two parts are sewn together and the tassel is inserted in the usual way. The emblem on the front is a patch that has been sewn on. It’s a yellow cat, with its tail raised in a hissing position. The fez could potentially be home made, as it’s pretty crude. Regardless of construction, the piece is in good shape otherwise.