Cultural Significance of Recognition Pins

Lapel pins are popular pins that have different uses. Some are even used in a pin collecting hobby where there are those who would find rare pin designs, but there are some who give this out and use them as recognition pins.

lapelpinsRecognition pins are items that are given away to symbolize a certain achievement of a person. This can either be with a good job at work or school and it can even be part of an initiation when a person is joining a special group. These pins are inexpensive but they become a meaningful item depending on how they are presented to the person.

The use of recognition pins may have started during the American Civil War. Back then, it was mainly used as a means of easily recognizing which military person belongs to which unit. This also encourages loyalty among the members of a certain unit.

There was also a time that the pins were not given away anymore to individuals as a way of recognizing them. These are then given away as a means of awarding them for a exceptional performance on the field. If the person is unable to receive the award, his immediate family will be able to receive it in his behalf. Such a pin for recognition has become very valuable for those who received it and there are some that turn the pin into an heirloom and is passed on from generation to generation. These pins became a constant reminder that they had a member of the family that had been able to serve their country well.

Giving away special pins has been adapted by other organizations as well. Fraternities and sororities hold their brotherhood and sisterhood so well that they give out their own pins to those that were recognized to become a part of their society. Giving this away is not an easy process; the person that is trying to join the society is put through a tough initiation to show that he will be loyal to the group no matter what, and only then will he or she be given such a pin to recognize his efforts.

Such pins were also used back then as a way of showing support to a person or country. There was a time that in the USSR, supporters of the leader Vladimir Lenin would wear a pin with his portrait on it. These were typically worn by the youth to show their loyalty to the leader. The same practice was also done in China; pins with the portrait of the leader Mao Zedong were also worn to show national pride. Nowadays, some would still do the same practice, but instead of portraits, some would wear pins bearing their country’s national flag or symbol. This has been common among Americans especially after the 9/11 attack.

With the recognition pins nowadays, there are different designs that are created, not just with the use of powdered enamel:

Pin-on-pin – this is with one pin placed on top of another, usually placed through a riveting process. This gives the pin a “3D” look to it.

Dangler pin – this is a pin that has part of extending down from it that extension is attached by means of a small chain or hoop.

Bobble pin – this works similarly to a dangler pin, but they use a spring instead.

Lenticular pin – this pin will have two designs on it. The design changes when the pin itself is tilted back and forth.

Slider pin – this has a movable part that slides back and forth across the pin itself.

Spinner pin – this has a part of the pin that can free spin around.

Recognition pins will be the best choice for one to give out. They are not that expensive to make but they can hold a great memory for those that receive it.