Hatpins reached a peak of popularity between the 1890s and 1920s, as music hall actresses like Lillian Russell and Lillian Langtry fueled the popularity of large elaborate hats without bonnet strings. Having originated in the 1850s to secure straw hats, hatpins became longer and more ornate over time (1910 was the height of hatpin length, with the stems alone reaching 10 to 12 inches).
The mass produced white or black bead on a pin was the basic 'working girl' hatpin, but many high end hatpins were made by jewelers of brass, copper, sterling silver, gold, or gold or silver wash. Other materials included Carnival glass, rhinestones, hand blown molded glass, micro mosaic, or hand painted or transferred porcelain like the Japanese Satsuma. There were also hatpins made with ivory, emeralds, stone, amber, tortoise shell, jet, celluloid and other plastics, mother of pearl, and coral.
Key hatpin manufacturers included Unger Brothers, Lincoln, William Kerr, Alvin Manufacturing, R. Blackington and Company, Day and Clarke, and The Sterling Company. Notable hatpin designers included Charles Horner, Louis Tiffany, William Codman, James T. Wooley, Barton Jenks, and George Gebelein.
Hatpins spanned many styles including Baroque, Etruscan Revival, Greek Revival, Egyptian Revival, Oriental influence, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and even Art Deco, before waning around WW1 when metals became scarce and hats got smaller.
Collectors also seek specialized hatpins, including hallmarked hatpins, hatpins that serve vanities, opera hatpins, and compact hatpins that have a mirror and a powder puff. Amethyst and pearls are popular, as well as Plique-a-Jour enamel. Hatpin holders are also sought after.
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Oligarchs with a country: Jokowi's teamOn Line opinion, October 28th
Like her husband she is no fashionista, preferring plain and simple, which will infuriate the establishment's elaborately coiffed ice matrons shouldering Gucci bags of sharpened hatpins. There has been no interest in what books are on the couple's...Read more
Harlem's heaven of hatsAmsterdam News, October 23rd
located at 2538 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. at West 147th Street, is the place to shop for her more than 1,000 hats. However, many folks downtown love her hats and their availability on the corner of West 117th. She is known for her big and bold...Read more
Comedy benefit for Stand Up for Downs, Sunbeam Holiday Boutique, Christmas ...The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com (blog), October 23rd
Beck Center Women's Board's event includes luncheon, performance, raffles, prizes, entertainment by Hatpins and Hemlines. Costumes are encouraged. Benefits Beck Center. Go to bit.ly/STAGEDOORCANTEEN. St. Colman Parish Benefit. Mass 11 a.m. ...Read more
Stones Immaculate: Jason Hoehn's Fine Jewelry With an EdgeStyle.com, October 23rd
Pharrell Williams is one of Huckleberry's many celebrity clients, wearing his hat pins on Fouquet's pieces. Huckleberry Ltd. is a brand that is here to stay. When you delicately combine tradition and high quality with original design work, plus have a...Read more
Welsh rugby's first superstarESPNScrum.com, October 22nd
Their Wales careers overlapped, just - the last three matches of Gould's career were the first three for Nicholls - who recalled from his times as an opponent in Cardiff v Newport matches that trying to thwart him was "like trying to catch a butterfly...Read more
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: Misery Meets Company Meets Absurd ...Phoenix New Times (blog), October 21st
Isabell Monk O'Connor whips up a gleeful storm as a voodoo-enthused housekeeper, but her quieter moments -- when she walks quickly through a scene, waggling a hat pin, or when she's watching Charles Janasz's marvelous, nearly eight-minute-long ...Read more
Grand Awards 2014: 'Spamalot' at Circle Theatre, 'The Hatpin' at GRCC lead ...The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com, October 12th
In the battle for most awards, it was a duel between swords and hatpins as Circle Theatre's production of “Spamalot” and the Grand Rapids Community College production of “The Hatpin” each garnered five awards. Civic Theatre's “Les Miserables” and ...Read more
Ramona Carroll Holbrook-WallsNapa Valley Register, October 11th
She was an avid collector of antiques and loved garage sales, collecting mooses, pelicans, nurse memorabilia, eyeglasses and hat pins. She loved the company of her precious Bassett, Abby and her cockatoos and African grey parrot and the many animals ...Read more