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American Decorative Arts
Subject: K. O. A. Society, American, founded 1874
Honorand: Edward Barton Chapin, American, 1885–1967

K.O.A. Society Pin

1903

14-karat gold with enamel and pearls

11/16 × 5/8 in. (1.746 × 1.588 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Melville Chapin
2007.91.8
Fraternal organizations and social groups regularly provide badges of membership, which range from simple medals to elaborate pins. This gold, pearl, and enamel lapel pin was made in 1903 for a member of K.O.A. Founded in 1874, K.O.A. is the oldest secret society at the Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts. The initials stand for the Greek letters kappa, omicron, and alpha.
Geography: 
Possibly made in Boston, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 174.

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