Have you ever seen a Tussie-Mussie? These are very special form of vintage brooch made to hold a small posy or sprig of flowers. Originally Tussie-Mussie was the name given to the posy of flowers its self but during the Victorian era brooches were developed which pinned the flowers to the clothing and protected the clothing from staining at the same time. The Tussie-Mussie brooch also hides the flower stems.
Vintage Tussie-Mussie brooches are very collectable now. AntiquesAvenue has one available at the moment :
Here is a Vintage Tussie Mussie Brooch, a brooch meant to hold a posy of real flowers. This Tussie Mussie is in the shape of a flower basket with the basket top being open for you to pin your own fresh flower posy into.
Vintage Tussie Mussies are now quite rare and collectable. This brooch is made of silver toned filigree metal, the silver tone is a little faded and I have priced this accordingly. This Tussie Mussie brooch probably dates from the 1930s - there is a trombone type clasp on the back
Here's another tussie mussie brooch is probably from the 1950s and with the stag and acorn decoration were most likely meant to hold something like a sprig of heather onto a tweed jacket.
AntiquesAvenue likes to stock vintage Tussie Musie brooches but I find it difficult to get stocks of these . please use this search over at AntiquesAvenue to see if I have any currently in stock
Labels: Tussie Mussie, Vintage brooch