Oktoberfest in Munich officially starts Sept 19th (yes it’s NOT in October!) and one of the main accessories you will see on many of the revelers heads is the ‘Tyrolean Hat/Alpine Hat’ (seen below) with an assortment of distinguishing hat pins (these can be of anything).
These pins I love and have been collecting various ones from German functions I have been to for a few years. Below is one of my vintage favorites from Kitchener. Ontario Oktoberfest (biggest Oktoberfest outside of Munich). Now I don’t wear mine on a hat but I display them on my Dirndl (I have to rotate them out as I have a good selection).
For today’s post I wanted to share some lovely vintage kitschy and fantastic hat pins that are available for purchase. Enjoy!
Bad Harzburg Bergbahn Cable Car Pin. Many pins you will see on hats are “souvenir pins” of different towns/cities in Germany.
Edelweiss is big on these pins (for obvious reasons) and you will see them all the time in various forms.
There is a great vendor on Etsy called “My Beautiful Bavaria” that has a stunning collection of pins, like this vintage 1950s Celluloid Doll Baby German Pin.
Info on the pin:
The hatpin is from a wine region near the Rhine River; Altenahr is situated between Bonn and Koblenz. The little girl doll is standing against a background of grapes, and a yellow wine glass and orange wine bottle dangle beneath the main portion of the pin. This was likely a souvenir from a 1950s era European vacation.
Do you love owls? Here is another vintage darling from the same shop.
A large windmill (the Alt Weibermühle) and a Donkey make this Hat Pin very unique.
Doggie Paddle! Vintage 1940s/1950s Hat Pin from Steinhuder Meer, Germany.
Vintage 1950s Bavarian dancers. CUTE!
Who can say no to a parrot for your hat (or maybe to wear as a brooch for Novelty Brooch Friday)?
Wine, grapes and a wine glass makes for the perfect hat pin for me (I adore wine as much as I adore beer).
Lastly I will end this post with this Alpine Hat with its own wonderful collection of pins, going as far back as 1968.
Hope you enjoyed browsing the world of German Hat Pins and maybe found 1 or 2 you would like for yourself to start your own collection or maybe you have a collection started already. If you do please share in the comment section below or email me at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
Happy Oktoberfest season!