Pledge pins, recognition pins, charms, lavaliers, and anything else that isn’t a badge!
Antique New Member (Pledge) Pins
These little beauties bring back wonderful memories, don’t they?
Kappa’s earliest and unofficial pledge pins were made of a simple knot of grosgrain ribbon, much like the knots of blue and blue we all proudly pinned to our chests on bid day. We wore these ribbons until we received our official pledge pins.
The light blue sigma within the dark blue delta has been the official pledge pin since 1914. These earliest pins measured 3/8 of an inch. Today, the design of the pin remains unchanged except that silver became the specified metal in 1926. The “pledge pin” is now called the “new member pin”, it currently measures 1/2 inch, and it is no longer made of silver.
Learn more about our New Member Pins here: here:https://wiki.kkg.org/images/d/d6/NewMemberPin_Aug2009.pdf
Bracelet with Pledge Pin and Drop, early 1960’s
I don’t know much about this interesting piece other than that it was owned by a Kappa who attended Ole Miss, and the year given was 1963. I would be interested to know if this was the Kappa’s actual pledge pin and drop that was soldered on to the disk, or if it was some sort of reproduction, as pledge pins were not usually retained by the member in this way. More research is ongoing!
Sterling Salt Spoon Pin with Crest
Spoon pins became all the rage in fashion in the United States in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Magazine ads and articles noted that silver spoon pins were “a hit with the high school crowd” and that brides-to-be began presenting them as gifts to their bridesmaids, often with the date of the wedding engraved on the spoon. By 1950, every bride was encouraged to register her sterling flatware pattern with her favorite department store, where she would be given a sterling salt spoon in her favorite pattern. It is no surprise, then, that a fashionable Kappa of the 1940’s or 1950’s would proudly wear this sterling silver crest pin on her lapel.