Offering a pair of antique hat pins.
These two hat pins belonged to my grandmother.
Including the tops, the hat pins measure 9" in length. The steel pins alone are 7 1/2" in length.
The top balls are made of a very light material that was shaped, painted black and then decorated with brilliant color including silver and gold leaf.
The two shafts are not altogether straight, each having some age and use related curvature.