Victorian Revival Posey Holder Brooch
This delightful brooch is a 1940s version of the lovely Victorian tradition of a wearable posey holder for tiny flowers or a nosegay. Known as a “tussie mussie” holder or “porte bouquet” brooch, this darling accessory was intended to be worn on the bodice of a lady’s dress or blouse or on a man’s lapel close to the nose to ward off the stench from the streets. The traditional posey is composed of fragrant herbs surrounding a rose.
This sterling silver brooch is crafted in the form of a miniature stylized classical Grecian urn. Graceful and slender scrolled handles echo the configuration of the body of the vase. A fluted top and a reeded base conclude the delicate symmetry of the piece. A hinged clip on the reverse treats the clothing respectfully.
Measurements: 2 inches (5.0 cm) in length by 1-7/16 inches (3.6 cm) in width. Weight of 12.1 grams (7.8 dwt).
Hallmarks: Sterling and Monet Sterling. This marked was used from 1937 to 1955.
Condition: Very good; back has a few light scratches and minor wear commensurate with age and use.
Date & Origin: Circa 1940s and is American.
Overall Scale: Medium to large.
Note: Flowers are for illustrative purposes only.
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