Posts Tagged ‘hat pins’

Lady’s Shelf

April 21, 2015

Of course, we do not approve of sexism at Market Lavington Museum, but we do offer information about times past and in those times it was the lot of women to be treated very differently from men. In all sorts of ways women were second class citizens. They were expected to stay at home, look lovely and care for their men folk. Our lady’s shelf, this year, perhaps reflects more of the ‘looking lovely aspect of female existence in times past.

A new display of lady's items at Market Lavington Museum

A new display of lady’s items at Market Lavington Museum

Here we can see hat pins and hair tidies, linen and lace, tongs and tins of pins all going to make up one of the fresh displays we have at the museum this year.

It is just ten days until we open and we look forward to seeing you there.


From the start of May on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and bank holiday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. At other times by appointment. Please contact the curator.


Hat Pins

October 4, 2013

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


is described as ‘thistle head’.

This one


is in beehive style.

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