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Object ID # 1959.003.001abc
Object Name Hatpin
Title Bayonet Point Hat Pins
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1910s?
Made Abel Morrel's Patent
Place of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description A pair of hatpins (a&b) that each have a round large black ball-shaped top (head). They arrived in 1959 still accompanied with an original printed card strip that has the patent information on it. This strip is printed with blue floral motifs, and a blue margin, and has "ABEL MORREL'S / PATENT NO. 1679. / "BAYONET POINT" / MADE IN ENGLAND". The back side of the card is printed with "The special feature of this Pin is THE POINT, Which beng made triangular, ensures easy penetration, a firmer hold in use and when withdrawn, the opening made will more readily close, and is less unsightly than when an ordinary pin is used".
The all-black colour of these ones would make them permissable as mourning hatpins. The head might be black-coloured glass or china. They likely would have been worn with a black hat, so that they would blend in with it. The patent number is impress-stamped near the tip.
Makers mark Impressed patent number
Provenance This pair of hatpins were manufactured in England. Their length suggests that they date from the 1910s, when ladies' hats were extremely large and required such long pins to anchor them.

The previous owener, Blanche Agar, resided at Owen Sound, Ontario circa 1959. A notation on the accession card states that the hat pins had come from a "Mrs. Scribner" before Miss Agar had them.
Collection Jewellery, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Glass?/Ceramic?/Ink
Dimensions L-28 Dia-1.5 inches
Found Grey County, Ontario
Function Hatpins were usually sold and used in pairs so that a lady's large-brimmed hat could be anchored to her upswept hairstyle. They helped to keep a hat from slipping off her head, or blowing off in the wind (using two pins would avoid one side of your hat flapping up into the air). Sometimes long hatpins were provided with a little cap/sheath to cap the sharp tip after it was inserted through a hat, but usually a lady just had to be very careful not to accidentally poke her fingers with the very sharp point. When not in use, hatpins were often kept stuck in a pincushion on a bureau, or in a vase or ceramic holder, so that they would not get lost or stick anyone.