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European Antique Silver Posy Holder Tussie Mussie 1880

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European Antique Silver Posy Holder Tussie Mussie 1880
It is rare to find a posy holder (or tussie mussie, as they were also known) intact with its original pieces. This posy holder is not only in very good condition, but it retains itís original ring and chain for suspending the holder while dancing, as well as the original chain and possibly the original pin for holding the flowers into the cup section. Posy holders were very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally women used them to hold and smell fragrant flowers from while walking in the odiferous streets. Later in the nineteenth century, posey holders were worn at dances to hold flowers the gentlemen had given to their ladies before the ball. This would be a truly charming gift for any loving couple. Length: 6 1/8 inches.

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