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    Default Historical spin pins

    I came across this today, which shows "three tortoiseshell double spiral shaped hairpins" (aka spin pins). The pins are estimated to be from somewhere between 1870 to 1920. I didn't know spin pins existed over 100 years ago, but apparently they did! I just thought it was an interesting find and wanted to share.

    https://www.historicnewengland.org/e...s/gusn/103173/
    waist / hip / tailbone / classic / fingertip / knee / calf? / ankle? / floor? / terminal??
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    Wow that is super interesting!
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    Ooh as someone who does historical costuming sometimes, this is fascinating! Curious if that's ACTUAL tortoiseshell or a cellulite version though, hmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonian View Post
    Ooh as someone who does historical costuming sometimes, this is fascinating! Curious if that's ACTUAL tortoiseshell or a cellulite version though, hmm
    Yeah, I wondered a bit about that too but there isn't more information provided and I can't really tell from the photo of the pins.
    waist / hip / tailbone / classic / fingertip / knee / calf? / ankle? / floor? / terminal??
    knee by 2021?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonian View Post
    Ooh as someone who does historical costuming sometimes, this is fascinating! Curious if that's ACTUAL tortoiseshell or a cellulite version though, hmm
    Probably cellulose acetate, very commonly used in that era.

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    Oh, very interesting and very pretty too! They're much nicer looking than my metal ones.
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    Oh, I want a set!
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    Default Re: Historical spin pins

    How cool is that!!! Thanks for posting. Kind of odd my mom didn't have these as she was born in that era, but maybe her mom died too soon and none of that kind of stuff was saved and passed down. Especially as "the bob" came into fashion as my mom was growing up.
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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!


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