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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

American Hatpin Society

American Hatpin Society

Who knew there was so much to hatpin collecting? This site is all about great hatpin images - from recent hatpin co… [read review or visit site]

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

The Scrap Album

The Scrap Album

Malcolm Warrington’s The Scrap Album is a handsomely organized site, as you’d expect from an articulate champio… [read review or visit site]

Stevengraphs Bookmarks and Postcards

Stevengraphs Bookmarks and Postcards

Malcolm Roebuck's tribute to the ornate silk picture bookmarks and postcards ('Stevengraphs') produced by Thomas St… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]

Jewel History

Jewel History

Since March of 2007, readers of Lori Ettlinger Gross’s JewelHistory blog have been treated to her weekly (sometim… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Fine 1910 Edwardian Sterling Silver & Amethyst Thistle Hat Pin Holder Ring TreeHuge C1910 Edwardian Japanese Satsuma Hatpin No Res Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueHuge C1910 Edwardian Japanese Satsuma Hatpin No Res Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueEstate Antique Victorian Solid 14k Natural Diamond Dragon Griffin Stick/hat PinLarge Antique Jewelled Hat Pin Circa 1910Edwardian Derbyshire Blue John Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueAntique Victorian Huge Sparkling Amethyst Rhinestone Hatpin Hat Pin 13.25" LongEdwardian Silver Bow Charles Horner Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueAntique Victorian Large 12.25" Long Sparkling Amethyst Rhinestone Hatpin Nice!Art Deco Carl Schneider Full Figure Flapper Pin Cushion Half Doll Hat Pin HolderAntique Victorian / Art Deco 14k Gold Acorn Hatpin Jade Hat Or Stick Pin ~Edwardian Cloisonne Enamel Hatpin No Res Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueAntique White Metal & Amethyst Thistle Hat Pin Circa 1910Art Deco Vintage Old European Diamond Filigree 14k White Straight Hat PinLarge Antique Jewelled Hat Pin / Hatpin Circa 1910 Second In A PairEdwardian Silver Bow Charles Horner Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueRare Antique Delamothe Style Metal Dipped Real Rose Hat Pin / Hatpin Circa 1910Boy Scout Rank Hat Pin-sterling SilverC1920 French Art Deco Silver Plated & Glass Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin~antique Satsuma Gold Dragon Hatpin Hat Pin~Vintage Antique Victorian Art Nouveau Amethyst Glass Enamel Hat Pin HatpinLarge Antique Jewelled Hat Pin / Hatpin Circa 1910 One Of A PairAntique English Silver Art Nouveau Short Hat Pin By Charles Horner C1900s $1 NrAntique Victorian 9.25" Long Iridescent Green Carnival Glass Flower Hatpin Nice!Antique Hat Pin Lot Green Art Glass MountsAntique Beautiful Solid 10k Gold Marked Real Shinny Opal Hatpin Hat Pin Mint 2"Fancy Antique Victorian Nouveau Long Ornate Gf/plated Hat Pins Initial Engraved.Antique Jewelled Gilt Metal Hat Pin N Circa 1910Antique Vtg Signed Rose O'neill Kewpie Germany Green Jasperware Hat Pin HolderAntique Victorian & Art Deco Hatpins Lot Plus Carved Fan Pin & Buddha Tie Tack Victorian Etruscan Revival Filigree Gold Fill & Amethyst Crystal Two Hat Pin SetTwo Solid Sterling Silver Antique Cut Glass Vanity Hat Pin Hair Tidy Jar BottleAntique Victorian Hatpin Gold Bear Holding DiamondDisney Wdi Characters In Sorcerer's Hat Pin Pete's Dragon Elliott Le 200 Noc HtfVictorian Etruscan Revival Filigree Gold Fill & Amethyst Crystal Two Hat Pin SetAntique Small Star Shape Hat Pin Circa 1910Edwardian Agate & Gilt Metal Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueEdwardian Pewter Arts & Crafts Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueEdwardian Aventurine Glass Murano Venetian Hatpin No Res Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueGreat Pair Of Victorian 10k Solid Gold Enameled Hat Pins W/chain Scrap/use 10g Vintage Antique 10" Victorian Ladies Faux Coral Glass Cabochon Hat Pin Hatpin1993 Jurassic Park Dimetrodon With Movie Collector Card, Hat& PinGold Color Brass Swastika Aristocrat Top Hat Pin And Folk Art Good Luck Token NrEdwardian Costa Rica Gilt Metal Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueVintage Greyhound Lines Coast To Coast Bus Driver Hat With Badge & Hat Pins.Antique Mother Of Pearl W/ Brass Desgn And Amethyst Stone HatpinThe Mason Dixon And Lines Lines Truck Driver Hat Pin 1-3/4 X 2-3/4Eight Antique Victorian Black Mourning Glass Hatpins In Signed Bavarian HolderAntique Victorian Hatpin Globe W Gold Stippling Design Etruscan Resin Hat PinAntique Sterling Silver Hatpin And Sterling Top Ornate Hatpin 8 1/2 InLot Of 45 ~ Hat Pin Blanks / Stick Pins With Stopper Make Your Own - 5,6,7"Wwii/2 Us Air Force Officer Military War Visor/cap/hat Pin/badgeMonster Energy Hat Pin, Drink, Collectible, Pin Back, Red Bull, RockstarAntique Beautiful 10k Gold Real Shinny Dragon's Breath Hatpin Hat Pin Mint 2"Vintage German Alpine Oktoberfest Fedora Hat Pins Feather Green WoolVictorian Antique Inspired Hat Pins Vintage Beads Various Lot Display Or UseableVintage Lot 5~ladies Stick Hat Pins-retro Styles+cloisenei-faux Opal-estate-nr!!Edwardian Silver Siamese Bullet Money Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueEdwardian Silver Siamese Bullet Money Hatpin No Reserve Hat Pin Vintage AntiqueLot Of 18 Vintage Hat Pins Glass Bakelite Metal

Recent News: Hatpins and Hatpin Holders

Source: Google News

Einstein waged unceasing battle to maintain private life
Buffalo News, April 25th

Marie Dickson, a deranged Russian widow, forced her way into his Berlin apartment brandishing a weapon (according to some reports a revolver, in others a hat pin). Luckily, Elsa Einstein found a ruse to protect her husband, upstairs in his study, while...Read more

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time
WHQR, April 24th

If the Apple Watch takes off, and ultimately, it or some other smart watch is likely to take hold, heirloom watches could end up in the junk heap of history or left in a box like Great-Grandma's pearl hatpin, rarely seeing the light of day. A few die...Read more

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates
Rockford Squire, April 24th

Above the hats is a case of hat pins. Over twenty five are on display. A victory quilt from World War II has the names of over 200 people of all ages on it. Throughout the museum there are eleven signs that read “For Kids Only”. There are sixteen parts...Read more

Jewelry of Harry Bertoia on display at Cranbrook
The Detroit News, April 21st

The answer, a silver and ceramic hatpin from 1943 now owned by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is one of the most striking pieces on display, looking a bit like a mock-up of planetary orbits around an imaginary sun. Walking out of the show, you might...Read more

The world's fair that changed San Francisco
KALW, April 20th

People crowd around to see the hat pins, button hooks, and souvenir shoes on display. And there are lots of people who want to show her parts of their own collections. Several enthusiasts come dressed up as figures who attended the fair in 1915. Thomas ...Read more

Mother's Day 'Hat Pin' event reception slated for May 9 in Lambertville
NJ.com, April 15th

At the event, guests are invited to pick a pin (from hundreds of vintage hat pins, stick pins, and European advertising pins) and 'pin' one of ten original oil. At the end of the event, one lucky 'pinner' goes home with the original oil painting...Read more

Bena Mae's Kitchen: Hairnets, Hatpins and Old Nostalgia
The News Journal, April 14th

Many people of my generation remember with fondness and sadness the glory days of the dime stores...McCrory's, McClellens's, Grants, Kresses and other names too numerous to mention. Included among these retail stores back then that were the hub of ...Read more

Hat, Pins Stolen from Pocono Marine Veteran
wnep.com, March 10th

STROUDSBURG — Someone in the Poconos stole a hat from a gas station in Stroudsburg last weekend, but it's not just a hat. On it were three invaluable pins that belonged to a retired Marine. Daniel Jeffreys of Delaware Water Gap works at the Weis Gas ...Read more