Keep Your Hat On

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.

An Edwardian hat Hollywood-style.
An Edwardian hat Hollywood-style.

I have a small collection of Edwardian hat pins given me by an old friend.

Edwardian Hat Pins

The two in the middle are laminated wood and silver.  The ends are monogrammed.

Hat pins are beautifully engraved with the owner’s monogram

They even have their own hand-painted china holder.

Hand-painted hat pin 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.

Hat pins in holder

Do you have collections? Are they personal? public? fragile? precious?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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