A hat pin was used to securely fasten a hat to the hair and head of the wearer. Hat pins, measuring from 4" to 12" in length, were worn from approximately 1850 to 1920. The hat pin period reached its zenith in 1913 just prior to World War I, which brought about a radical change in women's head-wear and fashion. This great hat pin, circa 1890's was created from brass and has a round head, 1 3/8" across, containing 37 round, faceted, clear rhinestones. The shaft of the pin is 10 1/4" in length. The back of the pin and shaft has a nice old patina. There is no damage with no missing rhinestones; the shaft is not perfectly straight. A wonderful find for the hat pin or vintage jewelry collector.