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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Hollister Free Lance, September 18th

The shops in between the event's seven stages sell beaded hat pins, hand-made leather shoes, wooden swords and vials of “fairy dust” that look suspiciously like glitter. By the time a group of faire attendees gathered underneath a canopy of rainbow...Read more

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Daily Mail, September 16th

It was usually a case of using two hatpins, he once said. In 1987, he designed a striking fur hat for Margaret Thatcher during a crucial state visit to Russia to meet then president Mikhail Gorbachev. The son of a cobbler who grew up in Winchester, he...Read more

'Strategy to save a failed presidency': Obama schmoozes media behind closed ...
BizPac Review, September 14th

His arrogance is huge, but his inflated ego is so enormous, a hat pin would send him circumventing the globe faster than Yeager! I cannot understand how a President that knows, does, accomplishes, achieves, so little, talks so much without substance or ...Read more

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Kenton Times, September 11th

Amy Harpster of Waynesfield holds a toy train candy container that won her the top prize in the glassware category in the antiques division at the fair. Two green thumbs. Luke Wilson's marigold caught the eye of the judge in the flower show and earned...Read more

Blues Festival merchandise popping up in local shops
The Daily News, September 10th

And we will offer BBHF jewelry again this year-hat pins, charms and bracelets.” The shirts, designed by Bogalusan Bill Kropog, include rich reds and blues on a subtle purple tee. “I am very excited about this year's T-shirt,” Knight said. “The colors...Read more

Oktoberfest comes early to Red Lodge
Billings Gazette, September 8th

Hikers over age 21 will be able to enjoy a complimentary beer, Oktoberfest mug, and hat pin while hiking. To sign up, contact andy@redlodgeales.com. Several vendors will provide German food and arts and crafts. There will be an Oktoberfest store with ...Read more

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The Muskegon Chronicle, September 8th

After injuries and attacks with them, hat pins began to receive news coverage in the 1910s and laws and ordinances were passed in many states limiting the length of hatpins and requiring that they have covered tips. For more information on this unique ...Read more

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