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Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano, collar pin firmly in place, in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire

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Definition: a metal fastener that connects the two sides of a shirt collar, passing underneath the tie; can take the form of a large safety pin, or be shaped as a bar, either with clasps on either end or two spheres or cubes on either end, that unscrew and pass through holes in the collar (similar to a bar cufflink); developed in the early 1900s as a means of holding the ends of the newly fashionable turn-down collar in place, it could be simple or adorned with jewels, and grew increasingly ornamental (as opposed to functional) as the 20th century wore on; primarily used by men, though when first introduced, women used them as well when wearing collared blouses

Also Known As: collar bar, collar clip

Example: Wearing a discreet collar pin, as many of the dandyish gangsters in the TV series Boardwalk Empire do, was typical practice for the properly dressed business man of the 1920s.

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