Overall: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
Inscription: handwritten in graphite, on paper to which pin is attached: "Handwrought pin" Inscription: handwritten in graphite, on envelope housing paper and pin: "Museum/Pin enclosed/Gift of Mr. J.R. Canny"
Handwrought straight pin with applied circular head, round shaft, and pointed end.
Before the mid-nineteenth century, Americans imported their pins primarily from England. Early pins were hand-forged of two separate parts-a head and a shaft. Beginning in the 1820s, pin making machines, which molded warm brass wire into the shape of a pin, paved the way for mass production of this essential sewing tool.
Gift of Mr. J.R. Canny
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