Identifying antique hatpins is no easy task. If you want to start collecting these small Victorian accessories , you'll need to do your research and learn from the experts. Jodi Lenocker, Former President and current Vice President of the American Hatpin Society , started collecting antique hatpins in and shares some tips to help you identify them. The history of hatpin use dates back as far as the s, but they were most popular from about the s to the s.
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It was in his junior year of high school when he discovered the little metal disks with interesting sayings or promotional images. Since then, he has gone to manage the sale of some of the largest and most important collections of pinback buttons to ever come to market — and he says that market remains strong and vibrant. The pinback button has been used in the United States since the first presidential inauguration in , as George Washington supporters produced a slogan button which was designed to be sewn to the lapel of a coat or worn as a pendant. Benjamin S. Whitehead patented the first innovation to the design in by inserting a sheet of transparent film made of celluloid over a photograph mounted on a badge to protect the image from scratches and abrasion.
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Certain markings were only used in specific time periods. However, if there are no markings on a piece, then we must turn to other methods of dating. The style of clasps will often give us a relatively good idea of how old a piece is. There are several types of clasps that were used on brooches from very early days right up to contemporary pieces.
Jamie loves writing about DIY projects, decorating on a budget, craft ideas, and creative ways to reuse and upcycle products. I recently purchased 10 pounds of vintage buttons. The seller said they were old, but I didn't realize just how old they were. There were many yellow- and brown-toned buttons that I am pretty sure used to be white. There were buttons ripped off of old clothes, and the small ripped pieces of fabric definitely looked to be from decades past.