Gems from the Memorial Museum

Mrs. Irving’s Pin

This cross pin was worn by one of our Founders, Mrs. Theodore (Marie Louise) Irving. It was donated to the Museum by Florence Carhuff.

Mrs. Irving, one of the Original Ten, suggested the name “The King’s Daughters,” for the new sisterhood of service. Margaret Bottome said she “knew in a flash that was the name.” (from the Ladies Home Journal September,1897)

In 1886 when the Order was founded, Mrs. Irving was the principal of St, John’s Boarding and Day School for Girls on 32nd Street in New York City. The school was founded in 1873 by her husband, Rev. Theodore Irving.


Isabella Charles Davis described Mrs. Irving as “frail, dainty, cultured and spiritual, in look as well as in character. She always made me think of a white candle on the altar of the church.”


As I was polishing the little silver cross, I noticed Native American letters on the front and Matthew 23:10 on the back. With further reading, I learned that Mrs. Irving chaired the work among Indians in 1889.

During 1889-90, members of the Central Council split over support of an Order pamphlet written by Virginia Field calling for adherence to the Apostles Creed. Mrs. Irving resigned from the Central Council in 1890 but will always be remembered for suggesting our name.

Sue Buck, Order Historian