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Masonic Shrine Fez, Bektash Circus
Anthony Nizzardini Masonic Supply Company
USA: New York, New York City
Wool, synthetic fiber, rhinestones, bullion, plastic, metal, enamel, paper, ink
overall: 7"h x 7-1/2"w x 6"d; tassel: 17"l
Gift of Edward N. Lewis

Masonic Shrine Fez, Bektash Circus. Fez composed of maroon wool (likely) with a black synthetic fiber (likely) tassel. Applied to front is a Shrine emblem (scimitar, tiger claws, sphinx head, and star) surrounded by the text "BEKTASH" (above) and "CIRCUS" (below). Entire composition done in rhinestones with white plastic bezels; most of these stones are colorless, but some are in green or red; at center, gold-colored metal Sphinx head decorated with yellow, red, green, and white enamel stripes; gold bullion trim around "BEKTASH" and Shrine emblem. On PR side, two gold-colored metal pins are attached to fez; one is of an American flag and is infilled with red, white, and blue enamel, and the other is in the shape of a crutch. At top of fez, four sets of vent holes in concentric rings. Inside fez, red satin (likely synthetic) rectangle sewn in that has yellow rectangular manufacturer's sticker on it; it has black chevron shapes at either end, and the black text, "ANTHONY NIZZARDINI / MASONIC SUPPLY CO. / 175-5th Ave. New York, N. Y. 10010 / (212) 254-6048" at center. Below this, "E. HEALD" handwritten in black ink. On other side of fez, brown synthetic bow along brown vinyl (likely) sweatband lining opening. Silver-colored metal pin at top center which secures tassel.

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