Antique Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Holder

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Antique Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Holder
Rare Victorian Antique Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Holder; conical shaped "bowl" beautifully decorated with elaborate embossed grape and grapevine designs in relief; complete with chain, pin and finger ring, attached at the end of a tapering hand engraved handle. The ring for finger and pin for holding flowers in place, hanging from the base of hand handle; marked: STERLING Circa: late 1800s American origin
The piece measures approx. 5” long and 1 ¼” across the opening
Great vintage condition; some minor tiny dents, commensurate with age and wear
A perfect addition to your collection
The posy holder is a lady's accessory in silver or other metal, resembling a small vase. In earlier times before sanitation and concerns with personal hygiene, the nosegays were carried to superstitiously ward off disease or to camouflage the unpleasant smells of the street.
Later in the 19th and early 20th centuries they were romanticized as a fashion accessory for young ladies to hold the flowers brought by courting 'gentleman callers'. To show her acceptance of him, she skewered the flowers into the posy holder with a long pin and wore the holder to a ball. Attached to her hand by a chain and a ring, it swung free while they danced.
In America this small container used to carry nosegays of sweet smelling flowers or herbs is called 'Tussie Mussie'. The name 'Tussie' originates from an old English word for a nosegay. The second part refers to the wet moss used to keep the flowers moist.

Details

    Materials and Techniques
    Sterling Silver
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Diameter
    1.75
  • Dealer Location
    Montreal, Canada
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    U120710875241
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