container (personal adornment)

Tussie Mussie or posy holder. A gold coloured metal object. The bottom half of the object is narrow and cylindrical, with curved edges decorated with wavy lines and small stars, and topped with a spherical finial. When the finial is removed this part opens into three legs, forming a stand. There is a chain which connects the top with the bottom. The top half is filigree with intricate detail featuring an acorn motif. There is a chain attached near the centre of this section which is attached to a needle shaped piece of metal which can be used to attach it to clothing. Probably European and from the Victorian era.

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