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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

American Hatpin Society

American Hatpin Society

Who knew there was so much to hatpin collecting? This site is all about great hatpin images - from recent hatpin co… [read review or visit site]

The Scrap Album

The Scrap Album

Malcolm Warrington’s The Scrap Album is a handsomely organized site, as you’d expect from an articulate champio… [read review or visit site]

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Stevengraphs Bookmarks and Postcards

Stevengraphs Bookmarks and Postcards

Malcolm Roebuck's tribute to the ornate silk picture bookmarks and postcards ('Stevengraphs') produced by Thomas St… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]

Jewel History

Jewel History

Since March of 2007, readers of Lori Ettlinger Gross’s JewelHistory blog have been treated to her weekly (sometim… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique Hm1907 Silver Hat Pin Stand Pin Cushion Ring Stand Scottish Amethyst NrPair Of Antique Sterling Silver & Guilloche Enamel Hinged Head Hat Pins C1910Disney Wdi Cast Member Rapunzel Tangled Sorcers Hat Pin Le200 Sold OutVintage Silver Enamel Winged Scarab Hair Ornament Or Hat Pin Top A/fFine Antique Chinese Silver & Gold Hat Pin Hair Pin Clip Ornament Dragon C19th Victorian 10k Yellow Gold European Cut Diamond Cannetille Stick Hat PinVintage Black Mink Fur Wool Winter Hat 1970s 1980s Feather Hat Pin GorgeousArt Deco Mermaid Nude Bathing Beauty Half Doll Rel Hat Pin Holder FigurineVintage Antique Hatpin Holder Royal Bayreuth Parrot BavariaVtg Antique Art Deco Victorian Hatpins Sterling Abalone Crystal Turquoise GlassGood Quality Mid C19th Victorian Era Scottish Banded 'bulls Eye' Agate Hat Pin.8 Vtg Antique Art Deco Victorian Hatpins Black Red Amber Blue Art Glass CrystalVintage Antique Hatpin Holder Peacock Marked Meriden 89 Or 68 MetalAntique Rs Prussia Porcelain Roses Hat Pin Holder & Attached Ring Trinket BoxAntique Victorian Edwardian Hatpin Hand Painted Flowers Lovely Vintage Hat Pin Collection Job Lot Vintage Antique Stickpins Hatpins Coral CameoOld Victorian Hatpin Lfigural Beetle Bug Black Set Our CollectionAntique Victorian Clear Czech Glass Marcasite Hat PinVintage, Antique 6 1/2" Rhinestone Hat PinLot Of 3 Antique / Vintage Hat Pins Circa 1920Antique "rs Prussia" Hatpin Holder-porcelain, Gold Trim, Flowers On Front-nice!Antique Charles Horner Sterling Silver Topped Hat PinAntique 4th Cavalry Troop L Hat PinVintage Rare Old Blue Carnival Glass Footed Hatpin Holder Fenton ? No Damage-nr!Early American Airlines Pilot Wing-flight Attendant Hat Pin-patchVintage B.s.a. Hat Pin Blue Enamel And Gold "be Prepared" Eagle In WreathFabulous Vintage Lot Victorian Gold-filled Hat Pins, Cameos, Pendants + More!Vtg Antique 1906? Pl Limoges France Floral Porcelain Hatpin Holder 4.75" TallSolid Silver & Glass Vanity Hat Pin Jar Chester Charles James Fox 1903Kirks Folly Wicked Large Witch Hat Pin W/ Free Necklace - Flying Money Wizard OzKirks Folly Spider Queen Witch Hat Pin ~ Halloween Pumpkin OrangeFabulous Antique Victorian Hatpin, Vintage Jewellery Job Lot Of Hat Pins Ceramic Flowers Gold Silver TonedAntique Amethyst Glass And Repousse Brass HatpinLot Of 8 Vintage Ladies Hats, 5 Pair Of Gloves, 1 Purse & HatpinsSpanish Soldier Hat Pin Named Jan 1900 Spanish American War ?5 .hat Pins Old Swarovski Crystals Diamante Gold Christmas Tree Pin Brooch Hat Pin Christmas GiftIcp Insane Clown Posse Lapel Hat Pin Set Of 9 Rare! Psychopathic Juggalo Art Nouveau Charles Horner Silver Hat Pin HatpinNorthwood Grape And Cable Hat Pin Holder Carnvial Glass Marked NKirks Folly Bewitching Seaview Moon Witch Hat Pin / Pendant Necklace SilvertoneRare Antique Victorian Bronze Bulldog Head Hat Pin Badge 1900Vintage Hat Pin - Beautiful Cut Baby Blue Glass Pristine And True AntiqueVintage Pair Of 6" Sterling Silver Guilloche Hat Pins ~pink Enamel With Roses Vtg Antique Art Deco Victorian Hatpins Enamel Bug Carnival Glass Clear CrystalArt Nouveau Sterling Silver Hat Pin HatpinOld Brass Forest Service Mini Badge, Hat Pin, Lapel????Antique Brass Hatpin Cobalt Clear Stones Etruscan 2 Elegant Hatpins Kate's8 Vtg Antique Art Deco Victorian Hatpins Black Clear White Turquoise Opal GlassLot Of (5) Harley Davidson Pins Motorcycle Jacket Hat Pins - Nice! Free ShippingGerman Wwii Ww2 Waffen Totenkopf Death Head Skull Cap Badge Officers Hat Pin14 Antique Hat Pins Hatpins Collection LotEstate Victorian Long Hat Pin Lot Of 5 Pieces Faceted Amethyst Filigree And MoreAntique 1904 Hatpin Advertising Hammond Typewriter St Louis Universal ExpositionAntique Lot Of 9 Victorian 14kt/18kt Hat Pins ~ Diamonds, Rubies, Jade, Pearls!Civil War Era 1858 Eagle Hat Pin / UnissuedVintage Antique Hatpin Blue And Green Stone Pin 7 InHat Pin Hair Celluloid Black Glass Milkglass Ornate Brass Hatpins 10Beautiful Antique Rhinestone Hat Pin, 1 1/4 Inch Top, 10 1/2" Long Clean

Recent News: Hatpins and Hatpin Holders

Source: Google News

The secrets of the Queen's travelling wardrobe revealed
Daily Mail, November 21st

Her Majesty's hairdresser also keeps a couple of huge hat-pins handy, just in case the ones already in place don't prove equal to the task. Incidentally, you will never see Her Majesty removing her headgear in public; she always waits until she is...Read more

Don't believe everything you see at new photographic exhibition warns ...
Bradford Telegraph and Argus, November 20th

Using a hatpin and paper cut-outs, they created images that fooled the world. The photographs came to the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1920, via Bradford Theosophical Society, and were scrutinised by scientists. Sixty years later, the cousins...Read more

STS9 Announces Special New Years Day Event
JamBase, November 20th

November 24 at 10 a.m. MT via STS9store.com. Those tickets include admission to the VIP evening include table seating, dinner, open bar and a champagne toast as well as an exclusive hat pin made just for this event along with a limited edition poster...Read more

Family history come to life: Dress designs lost in Holocaust uncovered
NET Website, November 15th

And all accessories, down to hat pins and shoes, purses and gloves. Modern. Elegant. His wife Hedy was a seamstress — a dress designer. Could Alvin find a firm in Milwaukee who'd hire Hedy and sign an affidavit to grant the couple visas to the US?...Read more

Racing legend Raymond Beadle remembered fondly ahead of NHRA Finals
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, November 14th

Using the things he learned at Texas Tech University, where he majored in agriculture and marketing, he began selling a variety of products emblazoned with that unmistakable logo, everything from T-Shirts and halter tops to hat pins, glassware, luggage...Read more

Madaline has treasures at bargain at Spence's
The News Journal, November 7th

He finds, among the jewelry trays, a handful of vintage hat pins. One is topped by a sterling silver bull dog. "These are yummies," he said of his discovery. As for the bulldog; "It's awesome." He will resell these treasures at his business: Yummies...Read more

Grand Awards 2014: 'Spamalot' at Circle Theatre, 'The Hatpin' at GRCC lead ...
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com, October 12th

In the battle for most awards, it was a duel between swords and hatpins as Circle Theatre's production of “Spamalot” and the Grand Rapids Community College production of “The Hatpin” each garnered five awards. Civic Theatre's “Les Miserables” and ...Read more

"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century Woman
Smithsonian, April 24th

In a move that would thrill victim of modern-day subway harassment, she reached for her hatpin—nearly a foot long—and plunged it into the meat of the man's arm. He let out a terrible scream and left the coach at the next stop. “He was such a nice...Read more