Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Pins are one of the most useful and necessary adjuncts of dress, and as such have been in use from time immemorial and in very early stages of civilisation - thorns, fish-bones, and metal having all been pressed into the service. The common pin, as now known, generally consists of brass, and undergoes numerous processes before being fit for its intended purpose. Steel is also employed for larger fastenings and especially for securing the hair and woman's head-gear, in these cases becoming at times a formidable stiletto-like weapon.