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Advert For Hall, English & Co.'s Patent Pins

Advert For Hall, English & Co.'s Patent Pins

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Evan.6889

Item number: 6889

Genre: Leaflet

This is an advertisement for Hall, English and Co., pin manufacturers. Pins were an essential tool for seamstresses and tailors who could not work without them. Interestingly the process of making pins was very different from making needles and the 2 industries were quite separate. Early pins were make by skilled craftsmen and each pin was made individually by hand. In England it became traditional for merchants to give a gift to the wife of their customers, this was known as giving something ‘for her pynns’. This gave rise to the term ‘pin money’, a little extra money to pay for personal items like pins to make dresses.

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