A rare 19th century French posy holder or tussy-mussy of silver, featuring a six-sided flute and handle with etched foliate design. Including long pin and ring.
The posy holder is a lady's accessory in silver, resembling a small vase. It was romanticized as a fashion ornament for a young lady to hold the flowers brought by a courting 'gentleman caller'.
To show her acceptance of him, she skewered the flowers into the posy holder with a long pin and wore the holder to a ball. Attached to her hand by a chain and a ring, it swung free while they danced.