The fibula pin, so-named by the Romans for its
resemblance to the calf bone, first became
popular in the 7th century B.C. In an age before
buttons or zippers, clothing was held together
by pins. The fibula operates on somewhat the
same principle as a safety pin, and was less likely
to slip out than the simple straight pins that it
replaced in fashion. This splendid heavy example
must have been the property of a person of rank.
Simple yet elegant, it speaks with a subtle
authority. As we hold it in our hands today, we
echo the gestures of its ancient owner. Though
we can never know for certain who that person
was, this pin connects us in an intimate way with
their vanished world.