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Hatpins - Part 1
HATPINS - Part 1
The December 1999 International Carnival Glass Association Club Newsletter related a story written by Richard Cinclair about some hatpins he located through a contact in New England. In going to visit the antique dealer who had the collection for sale, Richard discovered 54 of some estimated 20,000 hatpins which were iridized. None had the shafts attached, but were nicely displayed in some 15 shallow cabinet drawers. Each hatpin had been given an inventory number, as they lay in their individually provided portion of white matting within the respective drawers. No duplicates were found but there were several of the same pattern in various colors.
Although Alphonse Tvaryanas and Jerry Reynolds had each written books on the subject of hatpins, neither had listed all of the variety in patterns which Richard discovered. Research and updated written material always improves knowledge.
One drawer contained a letterhead from Albert Lorsch & Co., Inc., New York, Providence, Paris, and Gablonz. A note of interest is the fact that Gablonz is a part of the former Czechoslovakia. This information may point directly to the nation of origin for hatpins.
Richard further states that some half dozen hatpins in the large inventory carried the Germanic word Geschutzt, which in English would interpret “patented”, or “protected”. Geschutzt was stamped on the underside of those few hatpins.
The Horned Owl and Scarab Shell pins shown in this segment are among the most rare and sought after hatpins.
Dean & Diane Fry - -12/06
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