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...
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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Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant under waySan Antonio Express, June 18th
Rosanna Pace, Miss Rodeo Texas 2012, will pass on the famous hat pin in the 2013 pageant which will take place June 17 - 21. Before she pins a new winner, take a look back at the many previous holders of the title. Photo: Sarah Tressler/Express-News...Read more
Schwagstock Founder Jimmy Tebeau Heads to Federal Prisonjambands.com, June 13th
As a recent hat pin put out by his loyal followers says, “Jimmy is doing time for some other f**ker's crime”. And btw, the police went undercover for FOUR YEARS (c'mon, 4 years?) before they seized his property. 330 incredible wooded acres on a...Read more
Cheap Date: A Brush with DeathCalgary Herald, June 12th
“I take a long hatpin and I push it into my arm,” he says. “Then I pause before pulling it out the other side and wiping off the blood.” Wong, 37, is a traffic engineer with the City of Calgary. He also runs Yeats Magic Co., which books magicians for...Read more
Aurora Businesses Rev Up for 6th Annual Cruzin' Havana Car Show & Poker ...PR Web (press release), June 12th
Each site features musical entertainment and free souvenirs including a Cruzin' Havana hatpin (while supplies last) and a collectors' edition 2013 Cruzin' Havana program/calendar. Participants get a chance to win gas cards in the Fuzzy Dice Roll...Read more
Stonewall and Gay Pride: Echoes From 1969Huffington Post, June 11th
At that time a queen next to me took out a hatpin and sunk it into the horse. The horse reared up, and I darted underneath it. I looked back to see the people pulling the cop down and kicking him on the ground. I remember feeling bad for the horse. I...Read more
Former W.Va. state senator Shirley Love recovering following heart surgeryBeckley Register-Herald, June 11th
Once, an elderly woman zeroed in on a “bad guy” in the dark trunks with a hatpin. Others smuggled in knives and pistols on occasion. Love served 15 years in the West Virginia Senate, reflecting the conservative views of his 11th District constituents...Read more
The women who changed Britain foreverBig Issue, June 11th
One Poplar resident remembered the hatpins: “The matchgirls… when in any trouble, did not hesitate to use these horrible long hatpins to defend themselves.” When the striking women marched to parliament, the sight of poor women in smart streets caused ...Read more
Political slogans perplexing todayColumbus Dispatch, June 9th
Nippon hatpin holder, fluted flared ribbing, berries, leaves, ribbon, 1930s, 41/4 inches, $60. • Czechoslovakia glass pitcher, Queen Anne's Lace, 10 by 7 inches, $90. • Cookie cutter running horse, tin, signed C.H. Swink, circa 1860, 4 by 71/2 inches...Read more