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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The pleasure list: Free Bard in the park, but it's a tale with a real twistIrish Independent, August 2nd
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All strings attached: String gardens take houseplants to new heightsThe Killeen Daily Herald, August 1st
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Enlace could be the best bet on a trappy looking final dayCity A.M., July 30th
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Video || Cruz Plays Silly Games at Iran Deal HearingWhite House Dossier, July 30th
I thought you might want to see this video of Sen. Ted Cruz during Wednesday's Iran deal hearing messing around with top Obama Cabinet officials, including the annoying Secretary of State John Kerry and the somehow even more annoying Secretary of ...Read more
Marion's Red Hat Society chapter presented tea at Francis Marion ManorSouthwest Virginia Today, July 30th
Each of the ladies in attendance received a specially decorated red hat pin, a decorated bag of goodies and their antique tea cup. They were also treated to an interesting game that prompted many smiles. Francis Marion Manor staff members said, “It was...Read more
Hot Summer Jazz & Art: Crowd enjoys Downtown music, food & partyingSanta Paula Times, July 29th
There was plenty to enjoy at the celebration of the Downtown, where every building is an architectural treasure and dozens of vendors offered items ranging from fine art, wood sculpture and pottery to gourd art, hatpins, magnets, buttons and custom...Read more
Hat, Pins Stolen from Pocono Marine Veteranwnep.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