K.O.A. Society Pin Manufacturer: Unknown
Honorand: Edward Barton Chapin, American, 1885–1967


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

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.


14-karat gold with enamel and pearls


11/16 × 5/8 in. (1.746 × 1.588 cm)

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Gift of Mrs. Melville Chapin

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20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 174.
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"14" stamped on reverse

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