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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MLive.com, March 29th

a feature of the museum for more than 15 years, features the collections of Muskegon County residents and is changed twice a year. In the past, everything from Pez dispensers and GI Joes to Sherlock Holmes, canning jars and hat pins have been featured...Read more

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vita.mn, March 25th

Silk wrap dress ($445) from Mille. Tresics crop top ($13.50) from Proper & Prim. Topshop platform sandals ($90) from Nordstrom. Vintage turban, stylist's own. Vintage brooch ($60), hat pins ($225 each) and vintage necklace ($375) from Mona Williams...Read more

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News Shopper, March 25th

Records go on to show she suspected her husband of cheating and had threatened to attack him with a hat pin. 3. Having an overtaxed brain due to writing a dictionary. In July 1886, 66-year-old Alexander Tolhausen was committed with an overtaxed brain ...Read more

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Colorado Springs Independent, March 24th

Raphael played the congas and the bongos in the background. Sometimes, Ishaq would take those long, sharp hat pins with the little teardrop shape on the end and stab them through his body. It was Raphael's job to pull them out. There was never any blood...Read more

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Allentown Morning Call, March 24th

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CapeNews.net, March 19th

It has been observed that Ms. Spark's stories often seem to have been written with a barb rather than a pen, and this story (featuring a hat pin) is no exception. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Doors will open at 2:30 PM...Read more

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Columbus Dispatch, March 13th

I have made meals for veterans, baked cupcakes and made (lapel and hat) pins. That was a service project. Q: Have your parents encouraged you to volunteer? A: My parents (her father is Jon) have taught me that I live a blessed life. We've had hardships...Read more

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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