Hatpins aren’t exactly fashionable to wear in our times, but they used to be very popular among medieval kings. According to Smithsonian, there is a particular gold hatpin that is hitting the auction and could sell for upwards of $13,000. It is believed that it belonged to King Edward IV of England.
What’s more, a woman from if completely by chance. She was just scanning around a field near Horncastle, Lincolnshire with her metal detector. Then suddenly, she found the hatpin.
King Eduard IV’s reigns lasted from 1461-1470 and 1471-1483. The hatpin features the Sun-shaped motif that he was seen to use oftentimes. The meteorological phenomenon in the hatpin is called a parhelion, which means “Sun dog”.
“Edward, the Earl of March, told his men this was a sign from God representing the Holy Trinity and was proof that God would lead them to victory. The Yorkists were victorious that day and Edward was proclaimed king a month later, after which he adopted the ‘Sunne in Splendour’ as his personal emblem.” Duke describes the pin in its website.