Brownies hair pins

Several of our recent blog posts have featured the department store in Market Lavington. (See A sign of the times, More sign writing at Lavington House and A ghost sign.) This business was run for a long time as Mr Walton’s Department Store. When alterations were being done there in the mid twentieth century, this little packet was found.

It contains hair pins – not the tight hair grips that slide in to hold hair in place, but the rather more open pins used for securing a bun.

The Brownies brand featured a one of those little fairy folk on its label. Our pins, contained in a simply folded square of paper, were coloured to match brown hair. The japanning mentioned on the pack was a lacquering process.

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