Bling! : Excessive Accessories: Geometric Glamour
Object Name:
Hatpin
Object ID:
I00.9.12.3
Year Range from:
1888
Year Range to:
1920
Description:
Hatpin topped with a gold-metal setting with 6 prongs holding a ceramic disc covered in dark blue enamel and hand-painted gold scroll designs around the edges and a "L" in the center

A hatpin is a decorative pin for holding a hat to the head, usually by the hair. In Western culture, a hatpin is almost solely a female item and is often worn in a pair. They are typically around 20cm in length, with the pinhead being the most decorated part. The hatpin was invented to hold wimples and veils in place, and was hand-made. In Britain, demand eventually outgrew the number that could be supplied by hand-making, and they began to be imported from France. In 1832, an American machine was invented to manufacture the pins, and they became much more affordable. In Britain, they rose to popularity towards the end of the Victorian era, and continue to be a popular accessory. Laws were passed in 1908 in America which limited the length of hatpins, as there was a concern they might be used by suffragette as weapons. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatpin)

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