We'll never look at an old Victorian hatpin in the same way. Turns out, it was MUCH more than just a means of keeping your hat on your head.

For many women of the Victorian era venturing out into a big unknown world, the hatpin was a means of protection from lechers and mashers. Basically, the hatpin terrorized men who terrorized women. The use of hatpins as weapons caused quite a stir all over the world. They called it “The Hatpin Peril”. In many cities, hatpins were not allowed to be longer than 9 inches. The Suffragettes used this issue to spear their opponents. It was quite a controversy. The Hatpin Peril finally ended with the change in fashion trends to bobbed hair and cloche hats. And that created the 'new' social menace...the Flapper girl. But that's another story.

This old Victorian hatpin looks very friendly with no intent of sticking anyone. The top is made of sterling silver, square on top and tapering to meet the long stick. It measures 7 inches long. It's 1/2 inch across the top which is engraved with a fancy letter that looks like a ~D~ or an ~E~, depending on which way you view it. The four sides of the pin head are etched with feathery scroll work.

This hatpin is in excellent antique condition. Tested for sterling. We've left the patina unpolished for buyer to decide how they like it. Made for lovers (of hats and hatpins)...not fighters. Circa 1890s.

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ITEM ID
RL10213
COLOR
Silver
STYLE
Victorian
ITEM SIZE
7 inches long - 1/2 inch wide
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
MATERIAL
Sterling Silver, Silver

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Victorian Sterling Silver Hat Pin w/ History - Etched All Over

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