We’re goin’ on a pin hunt.
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Now, sshh! We’re goin’ on a pin hunt. Remember? And they’re pretty elusive!
I’m sure some of you remember my pins that I posted on Monday.
I was really curious about what they were actually used for, so I took a closer look at them.
Shown with a regular straight pin for comparison.
I thought I should probably measure them.
Two inches long!
I had lots of great suggestions for what they might be. Ana from i made it so… asked if the pins were sharp (They are!) and suggested they might be tailor’s pins.
I was a fashion major, and although we never used pins this big, I thought that might be a place to start. Turns out there are huge pins used sometimes by tailors. Most of the time they’re fairly thin though and these are 1 mm diameter.
Gina suggested entomological pins, another fantastic suggestion. After a bit of research I found that these are probably a bit too thick for that. And did you know that entomological pins are usually enameled? Weird, huh?
Connecticut Valley Biological Supply has some. I’m thinking these would be really great blocking pins for knitters and crocheters!
But back to the matter at hand.
So, no dice on the tailor’s entomological pins. On a whim, I took the pins to a friend’s house. She was as baffled as I was but did make a suggestion. Her daughter had Biology last year and she wondered if they may be dissection pins.
These are also available at the Conn. Valley Biological Supply
What do you think?
Right now, I’m guessing this is the most likely choice. I may swing by an antique store sometime soon though to see if they have any information.
Thanks for all the *Clever* suggestions everyone! I now know more about pins than I did before, that’s for sure!