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Hatpin, c. 1905

Leopold Museum,
Black Leather, gilding, metal
28.8×1 x 1 cm


  • Koloman Moser

    (Vienna 1868–1918 Vienna)

  • Wiener Werkstätte
Currently on display at OG4
Around 1900, particularly large hats were the dernier cri in ladies fashion. In order for these magnificent hats to be worn safely, hatpins came into use, as they needed fastening. The needle was put through the hat and the lady’s coiffed hair or wig. These four hatpins were made around 1905 in the leather workshop of the Wiener Werkstätte to a design by Koloman Moser (1868–1918). While the actual pins are metal, the pinheads are made of dyed leather with gold-embossed geometric and floral ornaments. In combination with the leather, these gold ornaments define the generally elegant and exquisite character of these fashion accessories, as the Wiener Werkstätte designers gave to even the smallest object the same attention they did to larger ones.

Object data

  • Design: Koloman Moser
  • Execution: Wiener Werkstätte
c. 1905
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstätte
Arts and crafts
Black Leather, gilding, metal
28.8×1 x 1 cm
Wiener Werkstätte gold stamping in the leather
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4610
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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