Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
pinner, a coif with 2 long flaps, one on each side, pinned on and hanging down, and sometimes fastened at the breast; worn by women, esp. of rank, in the 17th and 18th centuries. Sometimes applied to the flaps as an adjunct of the coif.definition from the OED.
To add to AFagins' comments, a Pinner can also refer to a fill-in above a Decolletage ( a very low cut dress that reveals cleavage)
3 OED versions of Pinner. see 1.1
A person who makes pins or nails; a pinmaker.1281 ...1611 J. FLORIO Queen Anna's New World of Words at Agucchiarúolo, A pinner or pinmaker. 1638 R. BRATHWAIT Barnabee's Jrnl. I. sig. D5 (note) A certaine Pinner, and one of the choicest of all his Flocke, being choaked with pin-dust, dyed.
2: A person employed to impound stray animals; = PINDER n.1499
I. Something pinned on, or fastened with pins.
1. A close-fitting cap worn by women (esp. of high social status) in the 17th and 18th centuries, having a long flap or lappet on either side, sometimes worn fastened on the breast or pinned up on the head. Also: either of these flaps. Cf. FLANDAN n. Now hist.1575 ...1629 in J. S. Moore Clifton & Westbury Probate Inventories 1609-1761 (1981) 50 Three partlets, three pinners and one linning aperren. 1688 R. HOLME Acad. Armory II. 465/1 Some term this sort of long eared Quoif by the name of a Pinner, or Laced Pinner. 1701
2. An apron, usually with a bib; a pinafore. Cf. PINNY n. Now hist. and rare.1674 T. DUFFETT Span. Rogue Prol., Thus Fools are caught, but the old crafty Sinner, Takes the sound Wench; though in Straw-Hat and Pinner.
II. A person who or thing which pins something.
3. A person who fastens or attaches something with a pin; spec. a person who pins pieces of paper bearing songs on a board, wall, etc., and offers them for sale (now hist.). Freq. with up.1797 4. A person who inserts the pins in the revolving cylinder of a barrel organ or (occas.) a musical box.1896
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