Common Hatpins

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Common Hatpins      Unusual hatpins

Unlike most Carnival shapes, there is little known about the provenance of hatpins. Some are found marked with the word “Geschutzt,” believed to means protected or patented in German. Czechoslovakia is also believed to have been the origin for many. Shown below are the more common patterns.

Bars and Beads. Sell in the $35 to $60 range. A lavander example brought $90 in 2011. Basketflower or Sunflower Basket. Has bluish iridescence: 40, 45 (both 2011), 25, 40, 55, 85 (all 2012), 55, 75 (both 2014)

Basketweave. Currently selling in the $50 to $80 range.

Bee on Honeycomb. Not all are iridized. In amber: $75 (2007). Marigold, $75 (2004), $85 (2006), blue, $110 (2005), celeste, $65 (2007), sapphire blue, $140 (2006), blue, $75 (2010)

Belle. $115, $230 (both 2006), $175 (2007), $130 (2012), $185 (2013) Big Butterfly, also called Egyptian Butterfly. One of the most common. $25 to $40.

Border Path. Often called Squares and Triangles: $35 (2007), $75 (2011), $50 (2013), $55 (2014).

Butler’s Mirror. Some call it Greek Key because of the pattern around the edge. $30 to $50 range.

Coolie Hat. When viewed from the side these look like the shapes of the traditional Chinese hats. $30 to $50. Dimples and Brilliants. A dark dimpled center surrounded by rhinestones: $55 (2007), $55 (2011), $40 (2012).

Dogwood. There are several similar designs called Dogwood. This one has gold decoration: $35 (2007), $95 (2010), $190 (2014).

Dragonflies. An intriguing design but very common. Sell for between $30 and $60.

Elegance. There are two sizes, the largest 1 5/8 inch diameter. $70 (2010), $45 (2012), $100 (2014). Embroidered Circles. Named for the circular rings: $90 (2003), $95 (2006), $140 (2014).

Faceted Dome. Average availability, desirability. Two sold for $15 and $30 in 2012.

Faceted Oval. Rather simple design; one sold for $45 in 2003, another for $75 in 2006. One listed as milk glass sold in $40 in 2007.

Flower Arc. Also called Garden Path. Examples sold for $45 in 2012, $60 in 2013 and $65 in 2014. Flying Bat. One of the most interesting hatpins with a striking shape: $110, $140, $165, $250 (all 2013).

Hearts and Cross. Also known as Four of Hearts: $110 (2011), $35 (2012), $50 (2013), $85 (2014)

Jute Braid. Sometimes called Basketweave variant: $85 (2001), $90 (2002), $275 (2003)

Leaf and Veil. A highly desirable hatpin, these often bring between $600 and $750, but for some reason unknown they will sell for as little as $75. Moire Beetle. Sometimes called Moire TaffetaMoire is pronounced “mor-ray.” Sell in the $30 to $50 range.

Golden Owl. Very desirable.
Blue, $1,600 (2002)
Green, $1,100 (1994), $1,200 (2013), Lavender, $900-$1,200, Lime green, $1,600 (2001), Marigold, $2,100 (1995), Purple, $1,100 (2004 & 2012). Known in amber.

Penstar. Usually with this attractive blue iridescence. In 2007, one brought $140; in 2014 one sold for $130.

Piazza. A rather busy design that brings $225 to $400 at auction.

Rooster. Found in a variety of colors and paint themes. Not all will be iridized.
Amber, $35-$60
Amethyst, $35 (2001),
Aqua, $55 (2004)
Blue, $30-$50,
Celeste blue, $50-$90
Green, black trim,
$35 (2014),
Green, red comb, $35 (2011)
Ice blue, $95 (2001)
Lavender, $30-$50
Red, $30-$50
Teal, $85 (2007), $110 (2012)
White, $35-$60.

Scarab Shell.
Amber, $375 (2009)
Blue, $425 (1996), $675 (2006)
Dark, $450 (2007), $275 (2010), $250 (2012)
Green, $450 (1995)
Lavender, $1,000 (1995), $375 (2010)

Six Plums. Also known as Cattails. A common pin. Some iridized over all, some iridized on the plums, some on other parts. $25 to $40. Spiral Dance. Similar to may other faceted hatpins; this one has the facets arrange