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Hats replaced bonnets as headwear for women around the 1890s and
hat pins were needed to secure the hats firmly; they were essential for
the larger hats worn around 1910 12. The hat-pin industry expanded
rapidly, producing pins of many materials, styles and qualities. Hat
pins were necessary for everyday wear as well as for sports and
motoring. Suffragettes used them as offensive weapons and were not
allowed to wear them when they appeared in court. Bye-laws prohibited
hat pins from being worn with protruding unprotected points and
contemporary cartoons poked fun at their use. Prices in the early days
ranged from one old penny to several pounds, but the hat pins of the
Edwardian period have now become collectors items.