She had this to say about the pin . . . “At the turn of the century when the throne of England was preparing to pass from Queen Victoria to her son Edward, the style focused on his wife Alexandria. Having a long neck she took to wearing high collars, setting the stage for the fashion trend. If you look at photos of her she always wore such a feature on her gowns. This provided a place to put a piece of adornment, the neck or collar pin. Hers of course were diamond encrusted, but for the common woman they could be gold, silver, enameled... thus came the term pin money. Young women who now held jobs outside the home would put aside a few pence to buy these pins.”
Some of you said it was for holding lingerie together.
Then in my search I came across this . . .
“DAINTY Victorian pin measures about 1" and is gold-filled gold-washed over brass. It has an old safety pin style clasp on the back. These tiny pins were called beauty pins or lingerie pins and were often used to keep undergarments in place or were sometimes used on baby clothes. They date to around the turn of the century.”
Thanks again to everyone who left a comment and I have a little downloadable gift for you. Please feel free to copy this lovely image to use in your projects. She is one of my favorites. Please click on the images for a closer view.
Now for A Fanciful Twist!
Every once in a while you come across a truly kindred spirit. A magical soul that reaches into yours. Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist is just such a soul. I participated in The Swashbuckler Soiree hosted by Donna of the Ribboned Crown. During Donna’s lovely soiree, Vanessa was having a magical giveaway. I was shocked when she informed me that I had won!!
Yesterday my magical package arrived and with trembling fingers I opened it.
The address tag was so sweet, I cut it into a circular oval to keep. I love Vanessa’s illustrations. They are what I would want to create if I could only draw and paint.
What lovely fluffies cushioning my goodies!
I pulled out three packages.
This tiny little intriguing wrapping held the most amazing thing.
I think this will help me to find my magical door.
The second package held some wonderful postcards created by Vanessa out of her beautiful artwork and a tiny little sweet vintage mushroom. I need to use this on one of my shoes!
Then in honor of The Swashbuckler Soiree, I received the Pirate Bird. His name, he informed me as he popped out of his package is, Jack.
I tried to get a closer look at his pieces of eight and he became quite flustered. He flew around and around, and finally landed here.
He refuses to come down and says he will only set sail with the Pirate Princess of the Glass Slipper. Find her story here.
Vanessa, thank you for all my loot. I truly feel blessed!!