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Object ID # 1959.003.002
Object Name Hatpin
Title Hat Pin
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Early 20th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This is a long hatpin, with a head that is shaped like a Scotch Thistle, with an amethyst or amethyst-coloured glass piece. This decorative piece is encircled with a brass ring. The amethyst jewel is set in a brass cup setting. The hat pin is made of brass and steel. There is no maker's identification seen.
Makers mark None
Provenance The previous owner, Miss Blanche Agar, resided at Owen Sound, Ontario in 1959. She did not say who first owned the hatpin, but did say that it had belonged to a Mrs. Scribner before she obtained it. Its length suggests that it was new in the 1910s, when hats were quite wide-brimmed.
Collection Jewellery, 20th-c Collection
Material Brass/Glass
Dimensions L-28.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function This item would be used to secure a wide-brimmed hat to a woman's upswept hairstyle. It likely would have had a mate originally, as you needed two long pins to hold one's hat from blowing up on one side.