My Yellow Topaz Cross - a repro of Jane's
My reproduction of Cassandra's Cross
Original Jane and Cassandra Cross
(Information taken from Hermitage 100)
Miniature portrait of a boy by Jacques Lemoine (1790)
"The wearing of stickpins began as a practical method of securing the voluminous neckwear, that was worn, both as a practical way of keeping warm and protecting the shirt from the debris of careless eaters, but also as part of the fine feathers of the strutting gentlemen peacocks of the eighteenth century. The period from the late eighteenth century, when the wearing of stickpins became fashionable, to the beginning of the twentieth century was a period of great change and also of an enormous spread of wealth."
(Taken from About Stickpins, A Brief History - http://www.fineperiodjewels.com/about_stickpins.php)
"Although bent wire hair pins were known as early as the 16th century, they were all hand wrought, as were the hatpins before the advent of the pin-making machine in 1832."
"As hats became wider and bolder, and hair was shown in more abundant quantities, the necessary securing implement, the hatpin, became longer and surely as opulent as the millinery itself."While Lillian Baker discusses pin-making in 1832 by using a machine, we do know that pin-making was being done in an assembly line process by hand earlier in the 18th Century. This is known from the description of the manufacture of pins within An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith, Edwin Cannan, ed. 1904. Library of Economics and Liberty. 9 February 2014.
~ Taken from "Hatpins and hatpin holders," by Lillian Baker