Posey Holder

A double image of a posy on a swirly wooden table. At the top the posy has pink flowers inside.
Posey from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Britian  
Year: ca. 1860 
Materials: Silver Filigree  

We tend to think about how the past looks, but not how it smells: it would not have been pleasant! During balls, young ladies often would carry flowers to add nice odors and mask any unpleasant scents. Posey holders were meant to keep bunches of flowers together and to protect cloths from wet stems. It is believed that this piece belonged to Lucy Ronalds Harris who used it on her wedding day in 1867.  The chain and ring at its base was used by being looped over a gloved finger, so that the posy could hang during dancing.