The beautiful Tussie is so ornate, a true treasure. The scalloped edges are pretty and all of the open filigree work is remarkable.. This is an especially beautiful one and I have seen many over the years. This was given to the 'bride to be' as a gift, likely from the gents family prior to the wedding.. The old saying "They just don't make them like that anymore" applies here!
I have collected what flowers I could from my garden. Being it is winter, I did not have much to choose from but you will get the idea of what it looks like filled with flora..
A Tussie-mussie is a quaint, endearing term from the early 1400s for small, round bouquets of herbs and flowers with symbolic meanings.
A nosegay, tussie-mussie, or posy is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice. Doilies are traditionally used to bind the stems in these arrangements. Alternatively, "posy holders," available in a variety of shapes and materials (although often silver), enable the wearing of these arrangements "at the waist, in the hair, or secured with a brooch." The term nosegay arose in fifteenth-century Middle English as a combination of nose and gay (the latter then meaning "ornament"). So a nosegay was an ornament that appeals to the nose. ***
This is a full size Tussie, not a junior size. It measures 6" from bottom of handle to top of scalloped edge. Measuring across the top, approximately 3 1/4" x 3 1/4". There is plenty of room for a full bouquet.
The original sharp long pin that goes through the stem portion is still attached and original. The ring finger, to slip onto the brides finger so she does not accidentally drop it is also there and it too is original..
Excellent antique condition. The only apology to make would be that it is just a wee bit out of round at the top scalloped portion. Either it can easily be put back into perfect round or left as is. Once this is full of flowers, please believe nobody will notice.
It is made of silver, likely 900 by European standard. It weighs an impressive 55 grams, exactly...
European in origin ~
Circa 1860 ~ Victorian Period
What a lovely gift this would make.. Perhaps you have a daughter or daughter-in-law ready to take the big step? If she enjoys antique or vintage beauty, this certainly could be that 'something old'.. One of the reasons I love this piece so much is that it is simple, plain but ornate and completely appropriate to use for a modern wedding. A treasure..
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