Curling Pins of U.S. Curling
Welcome! This site will attempt to
document pins issued by U.S. curling clubs and organizations, excluding
bonspiel and league pins. This is just a start and information is incomplete.
If your club is not represented, you have a pin not shown or you have accurate
club opening and closing dates, PLEASE contact me at e-mail <draw4ATtds.net>
(please insert "@" where appropriate- I am trying to avoid spam). I like to
trade pins, so please use the same e-mail if you would like to trade or sell
Pins of U.S. Curling Clubs
The Marshall Fields Scarves- new article
by Ralph Brendler of Chicago Curling Club
Mystery Pins- check them out & see if you can
help identify these pins
Pins of State, Regional and Special Interest Curling Organizations
U.S. club pin trading, A-B
Trader pages updated December, 2015
U.S. club pin trading, C-E
U.S. club pin trading, F-G
U.S. club pin trading, H-L
U.S. club pin trading, M
U.S. club pin trading, N
U.S. club pin trading, O-R
U.S. club pin trading, S-V
U.S. club pin trading, W-Z
Curlers have been avid pin collectors and traders since at least the 1940's.
Curling clubs have obliged them by issuing pins for almost any situation, as
documented below. Curling is a very friendly sport at the club level. Players
always shake hands before and after a game and often sit together after a game
to enjoy a beverage and conversation. It is common, if playing a team from
another town, to give your opponent curler a pin from your curling club.
Types of curling pins
Curling Club Pins
These are club logo pins designed to promote and identify one's club of
origin at a bonspiel (curling tournament). The design for any one club
tends to remain the same over decades, although there are exceptions. These
are the pins typically given away or traded before or after a game.
Women's Organization Pins
Although hard to believe today, curling has a
sexist history. Curling clubs were traditionally men's only organizations.
Often, women were not allowed on the ice or even in the club. By the late
1940's, women (typically spouses of curlers) were petitioning to be allowed to
curl. This was permitted in some clubs and gradually spread. Women
generally had to form their own organization within a curling club with their
own president, officers and bylaws. The organization names were often
alliterative with curling or Scottish themes (Lodi Lauries, Westchester
Wicks, Blackhawk Brooms, Stevens Point Pipers). Women's organizations
usually had no club ownership or voting rights. This changed very
gradually. By the late 1970's or 1980's, most women had full membership
rights. Many curling club women's organizations disbanded, as their
original reason for formation was gone. Some still exist today, in name
only or as the name of a women's league (St. Paul Bonnie 'Spielers) or
bonspiel (Wausau Highlanders Women's Bonspiel). Very little
information about women's organizations is available on curling club
websites. Please e-mail <draw4ATtds.net>, if you can help with dates
these organizations existed.
League Winner Pins
League (or event) winners within a club often receive a championship
pin. These pins will not be covered by this site. Here is a silver Madison Curling Club McNaughton Event
runner-up pin from 1954. The league has been held almost every year since
1951 and the pin design remains largely unchanged.
There are two types of bonspiel pins. Participation pins
are given to all contestants at the beginning of the bonspiel.
Championship pins are given to winner and runner-up teams in the championship
and consolation brackets. These pins will not be covered by this site. Here is a participation pin from Madison
Curling Club's 2008 Fowler Event. No, you cannot enter; the bonspiel is
for MCC members only.
National Event Commemorative Pins
The curling club that hosts a
national championship (men, women, mixed, senior, junior, club team, etc.) will
often issue a pin. These pins will not be covered by this site. Here is Madison Curling Club's commemorative pin for
the 2001 United States Curling Championships
Curling Organization Pins
Many states or regions within the U.S. have curling
associations to organize curling and represent curlers at the state or regional level.
There are special interest curling organizations, too (example: American
Medical Curling Association). Pins
issued by the U.S. Curling Association will not be covered by this site.
Many curling pins have been issued that are not tied to any particular
organization or event. Here's a fun pin from the Mary Ann Jerred
collection. These pins will not be covered by this site.