Quick Guide to Stick Pins, Tie Pins and Lapel Pins
Quick Guide to Stick Pins
Stick Pins, Tie Pins, Lapel Pins, what are they and how do they work? Here is your Quick Guide to Stick Pins. This is a little piece of jewellery from the past, something traditionally worn by a gentleman and occasionally still being seen at formal occasions. They are the same thing going by different names depending on where you pin them. They add a touch of sparkle, glamour and interest to an otherwise quite dull outfit. They’re particularly suited to Gentlemen as they are not too showy.
How a stick pin works:
Many antique stick pins have a spiral groove around the pin which was used to screw on a “keeper”. This acts to prevent the stick pin from coming loose. This is one indicator in telling if your stick pin is Victorian or Edwardian as the newer ones do not tend to have this groove. On newer ones, the keeper slips on to the end and it has a rubber stopper inside which keeps it secure. Please visit my Antique Stick Pin collection to see the wide range I have in stock.
These keepers ( also known as clutches) have been long lost on most antique and vintage stick pins. I have managed to obtain a supply of unused vintage keepers and so will be supplying one with every stick pin I sell.
What is a Stickpin made of?
The actually pin is normally made of metal, Gold, Gold plate, silver or steel. Usually, the long pin will have a steel middle, pure gold will be too flexible. The head is more likely to be solid gold. The heads were made of a huge range of materials: Gem set gold, shell cameo, tiny paintings under glass, jet, micromosaics and much more. Please visit my range of antique stick pins for sale to see more.
How do you wear a stick pin?
To wear the stick pin in a lapel just pass it all the way through the material. Adjust it up and down so that the finial sits well and then secure if with the keeper on the reverse.
To wear it as a tie pin you stick it through all layers of the material just below the knot. It then goes into your shirt and backs out again. Next it goes through the tail of the tie only where you fasten on the keeper. This anchors the tie to the shirt.
To wear the tie pin to keep a cravat in place you are best just to pass it through all layers of fabric. Then add the keeper to secure.
I hope you enjoyed my Quick Guide to Stick Pins. I always have a great selection of stick pins in stock – please do pop over and take a look