A Look Back At The History Of Lapel Pins

Jesse Daugherty - Dec 22, 2020
A Look Back At The History Of Lapel Pins

In our modern time's organizations, businesses, brands, and more are creating their own unique lapel pins. Custom pins are being used as a traditional accessory for style, a means of recognition, and much more. Custom lapel pins are functional market tools; they are great for honoring special events and commemorating people, places, and so much more.

Here at the LapelPinSuperstore.com, we have created custom pins of all sorts, in all shapes and sizes imaginable. Throughout our fifteen years, we've created an array of custom pins. But how did pins become a traditional accessory? Today we take a quick look at the long history of lapel pins.

While it's unknown who created the original lapel pins as we know them, the craftsmanship of "inlaying" was popular during the 13th century in China. "Inlaying" is a common process that is often used to create custom pins. During the 13th century, Chinese artists and craftsmen crafted enamelware items.

The process grew in popularity over several dynasties, exploding during the Xuan De period of 1426-2435. Small ornate enamelware resembling pins have been found from those periods. Ancient  Egyptians are known to have invented the process of inlaying. They would inlay colorful and elaborate enamel materials on top of a copper base. The layers were then held together with soldered wire. This technique has been dated back to 1800 BC, though, around the 13th century BC, the Greeks put a different twist on the inlaying process.

The Greeks used powdered glass to fill cells made from soldered wire. These pieces were then put into a fire to produce decorative objects of all sorts. These ornate designs might not have been the custom lapel pins we see today, but they were indeed a precursor.

Custom pins also hold a special place in military life. Soldiers initially wore pins during battle as a way to identify units. The practice started as early as the Revolutionary War and continued through World War I and further. Today lapel pins are an essential part of the tradition and the uniform of all armed forces. They are used to show rank and used as a means of identification for specific units. Even politicians and political supporters wear lapel pins during important rallies. The President and other politicians are often seen wearing an American Flag lapel pin while giving an address or out on the campaign trail.

Custom pins have evolved with the times. What once was a time-taking task has been transformed into an easy, affordable, and effortless process. Here at the LapelPinSuperstore.com, we know all about custom lapel pins. We offer the best quality customized lapel pins on the market.

Our pins are unique and of fine quality, also being economically priced. We use state of the art technology to manufacture our pins, which means you can count on high-quality designs no matter your order's size.

Sure, lapel pins are small, but they hold great significance. A custom lapel pin can go a long way from honoring employees, supporting a cause, or promoting awareness for your brand. Let us show you how easy designing custom pins can be. Get a free quote or email us with any questions you have. We’d be honored to work with you!