Toga pins

Hello Fellow Orchidians! The Cloak Pin thread prompted me to take my
own search for info to you all…Really don’t know why it didn’t
occur to me before. I have been asked to make a Historically
accurate Toga pin for a re-enactor friend of mine. All of my
research has turned up many wonderful pictures of period Toga pins,
however none of the pins is in good enough shape for me to ascertain
the how the mechanism worked. I know the it was a spring clasp but I
do not see the way that it was attached or oriented. Any leads or
Ideas or resources would be greatly appreciated.

Shane Morris
Druids Grove Unique Gifts

Judging from the photos of some I’ve seen in a book on Roman Era
brooches, some of them were of wire soldered onto the back then
coiled into the typical safety pin coil then hooked on a hook that
was made long enough to both hold the hook and cover the sharp end
of the pin. This piece was (from all indications, and of finds of
manufacturing, including unfinished pieces or rejects) cast as a
straight projection that was then coiled over. There are other
designs, including a simple straight pin on the back.

 Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL
 @Ron_Charlotte1 OR

I’ve had the opportunity of examining many Roman and Romano-British
pins and found nearly all of them to be forged rather than cast. This
means that although the [plain pins are already work hardened the
ones soldered to broaches were annealed by the soldering process.
These appeared to have been twisted (you can see the marks under a
microscope) in order to have gained their springiness.

Tony Konrath