Winged Baby - Cherub or Putto / Putta; The Smaller, Shorter Hatpin; an Era; or for a Child. Baker's Encyclopedia

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Winged baby hatpin 

Winged Baby. These did not start off as Christian angels - they appear pagan as well. There are also debates as to what to call them properly. For purists, these are not real "cherubs." See FN 1.

Many today are lapel pins. This is not - the pin rod is attached straight out from the other side here, so the little flier takes off at a right angle to the pin top -- pin to be seen from the side, not up and down.

We put this in the child's hatpin category because of its little size, with a little rod, 2 7/8", and longest part 7/8". The detail is exquisite - hair in a little bun up there, although that could be a great tussle of curls, not a little pompadour. There is a tiny scarf flung over a shoulder, and visible front and back, a little bottom, but the scarf covers up the necessary information for gender. The wings are in slightly different positions, not symmetrically places, showing take-off has already occurred. The better to fly. FN 1

FN 1
Collector Information. The reference book that appears to be most revered among hatpin people is "Baker's Encyclopedia of Hatpins and Hatpin Holders," by Lillian Baker, Schiffer Publishing, ours is 1998.

Child's hatpins - Are these defined by length and size of head, or just by the sense of it? See Baker page 104. We list our small hatpins as "sixers" for "six inch" in length, or less. We had thought these short, delicate ones with their very sharp ends to be for adult indoor use, a little house cap, or frame of lace, or for outdoor modest hats before the big pins were required for the bigger hats.

Is, then, our little brass bow, the ribbon with the swivel top, a child's pin? See it at Hatpins Collection Tour, Adjustable Heads. How to know?

Baker's pins - all shiny and perfect. Ours not so. We are not doing any cleaning at all here - have been told to leave that to professionals. On some we see solder, but is that a simple repair?

Side issue - Cherub vs. Putti vs. Putta. Does gender really matter to baby angels? It should not for the adult ones - the tradition is for mighty females - see the Cherub with the flaming sword guarding the Tree of Life, of Genesis fame, was female. See Genesis 3:24 in the oldest Hebrew transliteration at :// See also Martin Luther's Stove, Additional Transliteration Site.

Look up the terms now. How we use and misuse "cherub" to mean cute, pudgy and cuddly. We say "cherub" all the time - but see how Wikipedia proves us wrong. There are different kinds of winged babies, different interpretations, and the idea of little flying babies goes back go pagan times. Romans have them on their sarcophagi. Go to :// See :// Cherubim are Biblical, large jobs to do; and putti-puttae are not and have not.

A putto (plural would be "putti") is male, rediscovered in the Renaissance from earlier times, and a putto is not a cherub by most uses. Putto can be for male religious type babies, and Cherub for secular type babies, determined from the theme of the art. The baby probably doesn't know the difference. Information is inconsistent. Still, Putto. Putti. Male, males. Boy babies flying.

Girl babies flying? Despite the female angel with the flaming sword in the most important role at the Creation turmoil, No. The word for girls would have to be "putta" or "puttae;" and you know what that means by now - remember the puttanesca sauce, that delicious capers, olives, tomato and all else in the pot for pasta, to keep the ladies of the evening well fed until dawn. See :// So, if you follow the research, see if this makes any sense at all: A little boy as a babe can be a putto, regardless of what he might become; but a little girl as a babe cannot be a putta, because she just might become a lady of the night. Roles. Restrictgions. Persuasion to stop people from thinking. And using religion to support it? Need the address for the global Adulterated Religion Interpretation Department, "ARID" for short.

More technicalities: Cherubim v. Seraphim? Count the wings, then check out the Seraphim, and their wings, and the costumes, poses of each, and purposes. This little one of ours is neither Cherub nor Seraph, we conclude. This one is just cute.