Thursday, January 5, 2012
A friend asked where he might find a safety pin styled gold shirt collar pin the other day, a la Mr Pacino in Godfather III, and I was unable to be of help. My former source carries nothing but gold filled and gold plated pins these days due to the escalating price of that metal, and a Google search turned up nothing useful.
The collar pin of course arches the necktie knot like a tab collar, and is usually worn with a rounded club collar or one with straight points like the shirt in the photo. I personally find collars with pre-sewn holes undesirable, which rules out collar bars, and, besides, a gold safety pin does elegant double duty as a tie clip with knitted silk neckties. The principal objection I hear to the pins is that they put holes in the shirt collar, but the holes close up after laundering. I have never done damage to one of my club collared shirts.
Now at the current stratospheric price of gold a 14 kt collar pin might set one back as much as several good neckties but that is a problem to be faced only after locating a supplier to begin with. Any readers have sources?