Pin . It has multiple functions, including holding certain objects or materials together. In the trade of tailoring it is very useful.


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  • 1 History
  • 2 types
  • 3 Related expressions
  • 4 Sources


The pin is an ordinarily metal spikelet intended to hold; it ends at its lower end with a point and at the upper end with a head whose purpose is to prevent the pin from passing through the open hole. There are pins from the remotest antiquity; from the Prehistoric Age there are many specimens.

The manufacture of the first class of pins, although very old, did not constitute an article of real importance until the s. XV of the era. The material from which they were built was very varied, predominantly those of iron and bronze . The shape of the modern pins dates back to the time of Rome .

Its manufacture was very simple, consisting only in sharpening a thin metal rod at the tip and twisting it at the other end to form the head. With the invention of wire drawing and its applications in the 13th and 14th centuries , the pin industry entered a new period of development.

France was the first to build the pins industrially, supplying the other nations of Europe alone . England established it in 1626, soon surpassing French industry. In the S. XVI had begun the manufacture of the head by the method, still in use today, of the helical torsions, which were solidly hammered into a spherical shape, and by 1680 the tilting stamper was invented, which increased performance so much that one operator joined 10,000 daily. pinheads.

Embellishment pins were already in use in the ancient civilizations of Egypt , Babylon , Syria, and Persia ; Hindustans and Chinese speak of them as known objects from ancient times.

In Egypt, judging by the number of pins found in the graves, its industry and use must have reached a great development, not only for the variety of the shapes, but also for the material that was gold , silver , ivory , bone , among others. . But where it reached its maximum splendor was in Greece and Rome . They were called accus. Most of them were intended as accessories to the hairstyle. What has changed the most over the centuries has been the shape of the pinhead, this being of geometric, zoomorphic or representing divinities.


Different types of pins are distinguished:

  • TallowDrop Head Pin . The one that has its head cupped and not flat like the common ones.
  • Lost head pin. The one with almost no head but a kind of burr that can be completely inserted into the wood .
  • Minepin . Needle .
  • Nunpin . It is extremely thin and small.
  • Parispin . Prismatic tip and head nail made with iron wire.
  • Nun’s Toe Pin. The smallest than the common ones. It is used regularly to light very delicate things.

Related expressions

  • Glued, caught with pins. It is implied that a thing has little stability and firmness.
  • Not to fit, not to have a pin. It is used to weight the large crowd of people somewhere


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