The Washingtons, like other eighteenth-century Americans, purchased straight pins imported from England. Expensive and difficult to produce, they came in a variety of sizes intended for different purposes. These four common or "middling" examples were used for fastening one's clothing or for sewing. In the eighteenth-century, women typically stored pins in cloth needle books and pin cushions, these pins were discovered in a snuff box believed to have been owned by Martha Washington.

See also snuff box, W-2776/A.


Brass wire pin; wound-wire head attached to straight shank; tin coated.





Brass, tin


Overall (H x W x D): 1 3/16 in. x 1 1/16 in. x 1 1/16 in. (3.02 cm x 2.7 cm x 2.7 cm)

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Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund and partial gift of an anonymous donor, 2004

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