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. Gorham Sterling Tussie Mussie Posey Posy Holder Chatelaine Sheath #61 (#J3121). Wonderful Gorham sterling tussie, a bouquet, bud holder, or possibly chatelaine sheath. It's marked with #61, and it measures 82mm x 10mm and 3 1/4" x 3/8". It weighs 4.0 dwt. Customer service is the foundation of all that we do. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.
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