Posy Holder

Collection Type

  • Clothing and Accessories

Date

ca. 1840

GUSN

GUSN-102957

Description

Silver posy holder with floral chased and repousse decoration. Tulip-shaped cup constructed of six leaf-shaped petals attached to a hollow silver stem. A silver chain and pin are attached at the base of the cup. The pin would pierce the flower stems inserted into the cup to keep them stationary. The silver handle curves and terminates in a silver ball. A silver ring is attached to the base of the handle by a silver chain.

Details

Descriptive Terms

accessories
silver (metal)
Holder, Nosegay

Label

"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Lucy Tappan married silk merchant Henry Bowen in 1844. Dressed in the latest style, she carried her bridal bouquet in a silver posy holder. This new accessory, designed to be held or tucked in a skirt waist, was wearable art. Bowen family members continued to wear Lucy's dress well into the 1950s, letting out the seams and changing the neckline.

Additional Identification Number

2410

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Gift of Katharine Richardson

Accession Number

2002.29.15

Exhibition Notes

"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

Places

Possibly China

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