In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was very much the fashion for ladies to carry a small posy of flowers in their hand-held posy holder/bouquet holder/tussie mussie/porte-bouquet. It was also de rigueur for gentlemen to wear a flower, often a gardenia or rose, on their lapel. To secure the flower and to save damaging the jacket, sweet little holders for a flower were created and often known as a boutonniere. This interesting little item is a rare survivor as it appears to be a boutonniere to be worn with the slender holder passed through the buttonhole of the lapel of a garment to hold it securely in position. It would therefore hold the flower nicely and the decorative six-sided edging would present it beautifully (see image). In the late 19th - 20th centuries, the lady’s magazines of the day included vast numbers of patterns for homemade crafts and this is likely to be one of these. This little example would be fun to wear or to add to a collection of these sweet, small fashion accessories - items such as this could be used by the gentlemen of a bridal party. Maximum length 2.6 ins (6.7cm). Weight less than 1 gram.
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Charming Crochet Boutonniere Posy Holder, Vintage
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