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Catalog Number 2013.033.001
Object Name Hat, Fraternal
Description IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) hat worn by a member of the Washington 2 Lodge. IOOF is a fraternal organization to promote personal and social development. The command of the IOOF is to "visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan."
Hat is circular in appearance with a black wool crown and top edge panel; red, gold and purple bands; brass buttons; and a leather brim. A gold braid sword crossed with a shepherds crook, and the letters "WASH" and the number "2" adorns the center front top. "WASH" and "2" may possibly have been in silver thread. Adjustable gold woven chin strap (between the buttons) may be shortened and worn across the top of the brim. Brim is polished leather, or leather covered with shiny material.

Inner hat band is split at center back. Henderson Ames logo stamped on inner crown. Brim is damaged at right front center and right front right.

This logo may be associated with the Patriarchs Militant, the IOOF's uniformed branch. "It was founded during the American Civil war and is semi-military in character, organized for chivalric display and fulfills its mission through the annual 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers' ceremony held in Washingtonb, DC and other public ceremonies conducted in several countries." (From Order of Odd Fellows.)
Caption I.O.O.F. uniform hat
Credit line Donated by Anacortes Community Theatre, 2013
Search Terms man
Oddfellows (IOOF)
International Order of Odd Fellows
Subjects Clothing - Men
Organization - Fraternal