We had several correct guesses for our October’s What Is It. Walter McKinstry, Jr. of Julesburg, Colorado captures the description. He writes, “Many hat pins from the Victorian period up to 1920s, 1930s have long steel points that went through large hats and piled up hair on ladies of style. Some used as defensive weapons. Smaller pins for pill box hats. Julesburg’s Depot Museum has collection of 100 or more hat pins donated by an FBI Agent Darrell Lounsberry. Some with very rare jeweled heads.”
The hatpins pictured below are mosaic hatpins. They are fashioned of tiny pieces of colored glass and were probably made between 1850 and 1870. The cube, 3/8 inch on each side, has 6 floral designs, the ball 12.
Other winners of our October What Is It contest include: Jean Kropp of Westminster, Colorado; Jacque Rutledge of Northglenn, Colorado; Carolyn Kundel, Roland, Iowa; Terry Cook, Fort Morgan, Colorado; Susan Thode, Broomfield, Colorado (who added, “I really enjoy the Collector newspaper. It often inspires me to do research for Questers’ Programs”); Judy Hess of Greeley, Colorado and Marjorie McLaren of Anchorage, Alaska.
Congratulations to all our winners. You have won a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector.