Victorian Antique Sterling

English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)

English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)
English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)

English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)    English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)

FINE ESTATE & VINTAGE JEWELRY. English Sterling Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201). The term tussie mussie dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria who was fond of carrying these little floral bouquets wherever she went.

When carrying them caught the eye of the wealthy and middle class, holders were copied and mass produced. The tussie mussies and the decorative posy holders they were held in became a popular fashion accessory in Victorian times. For young ladies to hold flowers brought by courting gentlemen callers. They were a popular gift and carried by matrons, debutantes, and girls.

By the 1830s, using decorative holders to contain these small bouquets became an established fashion trend. The posy holders were created to keep delicate and expensive silk dresses and other pieces of clothing protected from water droplets when wearing a tussie mussie. The floral bouquet was pinned into the holder, and then for a formal occasion would be suspended from her hand using a chain so that she was free to dance. A "tussie" is a nosegay, a small group of flowers held together in a little bouquet and that was held at nose level, and "mussie" refers to the moss that was moistened and put around the stems of the flowers to keep them from wilting. Joseph and Co English sterling silver tussie mussie with mechanical jaws hallmarked in Birmingham circa 1874.

There is a mechanical plate on each side which pushes in to clamp on the flower stems. The jaws/plates are hand engraved. There are applied designs of wheat and leaves with wire borders.

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This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Other Antique Sterling Silver". The seller is "antiquecupboard" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.

  • Type: Tussie Mussie
  • Composition: Sterling Silver (.925)
  • Style: Victorian
  • Age: Post-1940
  • Maker: B.
    English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)    English Sterling Silver Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder with Jaws C1874 (#J1201)