What's new pussycat?
This gorgeous gold plated cat/leopard with rhinestones is a fantastic example of how fabulous a stick pin can be. The quality of the casting is wonderful and the details pop.
Look at that face. Those ears and red eyes with the entire top of the head in eye-catching rhinestones make this cat purrfect. See what I did there?
- Ear to ear - 2 cm
- Length 5.5 cm
What is a stick pin?
It is a straight pin with or without an end cap. It is shorter than a hat pin usually less than 10 cm long
They began as cravat pins and were originally worn by aristocratic men to secure their rather large scarf-like ties to their shirt especially on those windy Georgian days. It carried onto the Victorian times and exploded.
The trend took off and soon tie pins were worn by men in all areas of society. Personal, jaunty and often a reflection of interests, associations or souvenirs their popularity only increased with the development of industrial jewellery making techniques. By the 1890s women were making use of tie pins to keep their own sportswear in check when hiking, riding bikes or playing tennis.
The older pieces do not have an end caps and have an engraved spiral along the pin. This allowed it to "grasp" the silk or linen and not slide out.
Fast forward to the 1950s and stick pins begin to be worn by everyone on their lapels. With or without an end cap. They are fine and delicate often featuring flowers or insignia from clubs, organisations and unions. End caps are ornate.
And then the 1980s...where our story ends. They get big, bigger and biggest! Larger and longer with end caps needed to keep the heavier piece secure.
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