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Archival Anecdotes: Whatever hat pins, hat pins


April 26, 2021

This jeweled hat pin from the late 1800, contains green and white rhinestones. Used by Mrs. Ole Mattson. Donated by S. R. Haugland.

Hat pins were once a commonly used tool that was both beautiful in design and strategic in function. The pins usually measured eight inches in length or more, and fulfilled one purpose­- to secure a hat onto a woman's head.

It was a useful and necessary tool, especially as hats increased in size, weight and texture. The way they worked was simple, passing through the hat and catching in a bu...

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