Once upon a time everyone wore hats everywhere and ladies especially wore hats, large hats. These large chapeaux were kept securely on the head with long hat pins. Barbra Streisand wore some magnificent hats in Hello, Dolly which, no doubt, were held on with spectacular hat pins.
I have a small collection of Edwardian hat pins given me by an old friend.
The two in the middle are laminated wood and silver. The ends are monogrammed.
They even have their own hand-painted china holder.
I haven’t displayed the hat pins and matching china hair-catcher in a long time. Perhaps we’ll have room for them in the renovated house or maybe it’s time to let them go.
Do you have collections? Are they personal? public? fragile? precious?