Victorian Rhinestone and Black Glass Hatpin

This is another example of a modern fantasy hat pin created by joining rhinestone and black glass settings together to make a jewelry-like component that is then attached to a long metal pin shaft.

Slight discoloration on the shank metal is meant to mimic the honest patina it actually lacks. Chemically or mechanically 'aged' pins are frequently sold to new and unsuspecting hatpin collectors. Long metal hat pin shanks can still be purchased from companies that sell jewelry findings and components, and just about anything can be joined to them. New 'antique' hatpins may be made from old clothing buttons, decorative beads, broken pieces of jewelry, or even powder compacts.

Old pins in original condition would never show evidence of glue or visible soldering like you see on the item in this listing. Note the sloppy soldering where an odd tube-like component joins top to pin shaft. This is evidence of hasty assembly work, not craftsmanship. The tube section is not shaped correctly for this item to be honestly vintage.

Truly old hat pins were carefully made and beautifully finished, even in areas that might not show while being worn in a hat. Authentic hatpins were always sturdily constructed, too, because they were intended for actual use. Authentic period hat pins were not made to just decorate a porcelain holder on a vanity table. They were constructed to be functional, utilitarian objects.

Keep these facts in mind when judging whether a hat pin is old, or not.

Shank measures 7 1/2 inches long, total length of the hatpin is 9 3/4 inches.

Item ID: 2007RP000340

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