Pinstem

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A pinstem is a jewelry finding affixed to the reverse of a brooch, pin or tie tack specifically designed to pierce fabric for the purpose of fastening the object to an article of clothing. The hinged pinstem on a brooch is usually held by a clasp or catch, ranging in design from a simple "C" to one with an intricate safety mechanism.

Reverse View of Antique Amethyst and Garnet Spider Brooch Featuring the Pinstem.
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques.
Lang Antiques
Lang Antiques