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Victorian Tussie-Mussie Sterling Poesy Holder, C1860

Victorian Tussie-Mussie Sterling Poesy Holder, C1860

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1445720
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This a rare poesy holder, of sterling silver with an intricate cased foliate design and long pin and ring attached. Known also as Tussie-Mussies, the posy holder was a lady's fashion accessory resembling a small vase and meant to to hold the bouquet of flowers brought by a courting 'gentleman caller'. To show her acceptance of him, the lady would secure the flowers into the posy holder with the attached long pin and wear the holder to a ball. It attached to her hand by means of a chain to which was attached a thin ring at the end. She would swing the poesy as they danced.