Flower holder known as Tussie Mussie or Posy or Posey. No matter how you spell it, this one is interesting because it is hand made sterling silver very unadorned, more like Aesthetic movement in flavor than Victorian in flavor. Sterling silver hallmarks for Birmingham, England, date O for 1913, explains why it is not embellished in the Victorian manner. Very graceful, understated design. The lid, which has a hole to keep the flowers in a bunch, opens with a hinge. The slots in the top may be for ribbon or other fabric. The bottom curls. Silversmith forged, hand made look, as the arts and crafts movement flourished in Great Britain at this time period. In fact there is an unreadable maker's mark, obscured by the curve of the piece. Length is 6 inches. Condition is good, used but not abused. A few little dents but nothing that detracts. Clasp clicks tightly to close the lid. Holds water, I tried it, although most posey holders were used without water, being that many Victorian examples are filigree or openwork. The nice thing about this one is that it can be used by either men or women, nothing frilly dilly in the design. If you collect antique tussle mussies, this example is different.
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Sterling Posy Posey Tussie Mussie 1913