Hat Pins

The writer of this blog is male and that may explain lack of knowledge of hat pins. Do people still use them? Where can you buy them? Such questions I just can’t answer.

Our archivist recalls that her granny was always fussing with hat pins but added, ‘I’ve never used them myself’.

Here are some we have at Market Lavington Museum. Elegance, like beauty, is probably in the eye of the beholder, but these certainly have an elegant look.

1930s hat pins at Market Lavington Museum

1930s hat pins at Market Lavington Museum

Let’s straight away dismiss any idea that these are classy items. They are made of steel and probably come in at the cheaper end of the hat pin price range.

They date from the 1930s and were purchased from a Market Lavington shop. It is annoying that our records don’t specify the shop. It may well have been Walton’s or a successor.

The two pins with the oblique cylindrical heads have a definite art-deco look to them, as befits their age. Of the other two, this one

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is described as ‘thistle head’.

This one

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is in beehive style.

They are such delightful items it seems a shame if things like it aren’t much used any more.

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3 Responses to “Hat Pins”

  1. Jim Says:

    My gran who lived in Fern Cottage used to tell me that she pinned her hat to her head with one of these to keep it on. When you are about 3, this you can believe this!! I still have her hat pins.

  2. araneus1 Says:

    My mum had a few, but I’m not sure what happened to them. Ladies traveling alone were know to use them for self protection!

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