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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Kiwi Play Tries to Bear Fruit in Comical Send-UpBroadway World, August 29th
His most recent achievement was directing the musical The Hatpin, in association with musical director Paul Olsen, for its WA debut (although written and scored by two WA Academy of Performing Arts graduates and experiencing success off-Broadway and in ...Read more
Open Channel D: The Men from UNCLE returnJackson County Times-Journal (blog), August 27th
While I couldn't tell you the rules of our spy games or what secret missions we undertook, I vividly remember our homemade communication devices cleverly created by sticking hat pins into felt-tipped pens. U.N.C.L.E. agents who needed to communicate...Read more
How Art Can Develop Your BrainKUOW News and Information, August 24th
Joan Miró, “Spanish Dancer” (danseuse espagnole), 1928, feather, cork and hatpin on wood panel with Ripolin. Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne–Centre de création industrielle, Paris. (Private collection. Artists Rights). Robert Motherwell...Read more
How Women Responded to Catcallers In The PastATTN, August 23rd
Catcallers today, however, ought to feel lucky that they're merely getting shamed on the Internet for their behavior, as women in the late early 1900s often responded to creepy advances by stabbing men with their hatpins, which were popular hair...Read more
Couture in the spotlightMaui News, August 23rd
His team of volunteer seamstresses provided countless hours of help with the details, teaming up on hems, hat pins, buttons and hair ornaments. One helper, Kallie Agaran, said she enjoys learning new sewing techniques and working on different styles of ...Read more
Scott Ostler's deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon motsSFGate, August 22nd
Funny thing is, MLB gave Yost the watch as an All-Star Game gift. •Giving Yost a watch he can use to cheat, isn't that like giving Tom Brady a hat pin? •Brady can't catch a break. The drawing of him by the New York courtroom artist makes him look like...Read more
Tim Woodward: Celebrating 100 years at the Mardi GrasThe Idaho Statesman, August 15th
When a college student who was sitting on one of the tables next to the dance floor refused to move, Orson stuck him with a hat pin. Mistakenly thinking it was his, he used a nail to scratch his name onto a band member's expensive microphone. He was...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