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Donation of the Month

2010.32.6; Raymond Boyd
1994.16.7; Purchase 

Wearing a hat was an important piece of one’s wardrobe and one certainly didn’t want the hat to be blown off or bumped out of whack.  So to keep the hat firmly in place women used hatpins.  Originally used to secure a veil, the popularity of the hat and associated etiquette rules, hair styles and hat size made the hatpin an important piece of equipment.  These changes saw hatpins became more elaborate and longer; however, by the 1920s hatpins fell out of favor. 

To keep one’s hat on one’s head it was important to secure it with a hatpin or two.  Hatpins also allowed for the hat to be set at an angle on the head.  These pins were expensive and imported until an American company invented a machine in 1832 that made hatpins cheaper.  Made of all types of materials, they ranged from elaborate and expensive to simple and cheap.  Length of the pin also ranged in size from 6 to 12 inches depending on the hairstyle and hat size.  Here are the steps necessary to secure one’s hat:

Step 1  Pick out your hatpin. Your hatpin should fit the style of your hat. Hatpins can be long (12 inches) or short (3 inches). As a general rule of thumb, the bigger your hat, the longer your pin should be.


Step 2  Find a mirror, and place your hat securely on your head. Make sure it is at the exact angle you desire, and hold it in place with one hand.


Step 3  Remove the topper from the pin, and place it within reach. Insert the hatpin at the back of the hat near the crown. Avoid the edges of the hat.


Step 4  Continue pushing the pin until it touches your scalp. Push the pin upward slightly until it emerges on the side near the front (not squarely in front) of the hat's crown. Put the topper on the pin tip, while holding your hat in place with your other hand.

As hats became larger the length of the pin grew.  Soon considered deadly weapons by some, several states, including Arkansas, began passing laws limiting the length of the pin.  However, the downfall of the hatpin was a change in hat and hair style.  By the 1920s hairstyles were short, which allowed for the popularity of the closer fitting hats such as the cloche or pillbox. 

No longer needed today hatpins are collector items; and reminders, along with the hats themselves, of a by-gone era of high fashion and etiquette. 

More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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