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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Patriotic Trifari pin surged with diplomat's bookPress of Atlantic City, June 26th
Answer: Your Uncle Sam top hat pin, a popular World War II-era piece, was made by Trifari, Krussman & Fishel, New York City jewelry manufacturers. Italian immigrant Gustave Trifari founded the company in 1910, and by 1925 it had become a corporation ...Read more
Free Vintage Fashion Tours to celebrate new exhibition at the Harris Museum ...Blog Preston (blog), June 26th
It includes dangerous items carried by suffragettes such as extra-long hatpins and clothes designed to hide ju-jitsu wooden batons. Free tours with curator Kathryn Rogerson take place at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm – visitors don't need to book. You...Read more
Welcome to San Francisco Pride 2015!San Francisco Bay Times, June 25th
You can share our message of Equality Without Excep-tion by picking up a souvenir hat, pin, shirt or cinch bag at the two-day festival, online, or at Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39. Tickets for the Parade Grandstand and VIP Party at City Hall, and money...Read more
Hints From Heloise: Stick it to the dirtWashington Post, June 24th
Dear Heloise: If you don't have time to vacuum, or it's too hot, you can use a roll of DUCT TAPE OR MASKING TAPE to pick up any obvious crumbs, bits of paper, etc. -- Mary E., Albany, N.Y.. Mary, duct tape to the rescue again! I was in your lovely city...Read more
Jeremy Kyle's Emergency RoomUTV Ireland, June 23rd
Dickinson's Real Deal. The team visit Aylesbury, where Corrie Jeffrey takes a liking to a smiley hat pin stand, Henry Nicholls checks out a wine funnel and David Dickinson champions some militaria. Tue 23 Jun 4:30pmTuesday 23 Jun 4:30pm 45m 6 days ...Read more
Helpful HintsNWAOnline, June 23rd
It's now my pincushion for costume-jewelry pins. I use old hat pins to hold my rings. This makes a handy holder. -- Patsy B., Lubbock, Texas. DEAR HELOISE: I have a top-loader washer. When I am done washing, I leave the lid open. I've never had mold or ...Read more
Jewellery raising awareness of depression in the bushABC Local, June 2nd
Two women from central Queensland have got together to create hatpins to raise awareness of mental illness in rural areas. Both Katrina Brown and Jill Dyer have had personal experiences seeing a family member suffer from depression. Mrs Brown, a ...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