Antique Repousse Silver Tussie Mussie
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Antique, Sterling Silver, Repousse Tussie Mussie Brooch Pin.
“Tussie Mussie is a flower holder small enough to be worn on clothing, they date back to medieval times. Such holders became widespread in the 15th century as plague spread throughout England and Europe. Both men and women wore or carried certain flowers and herbs to ward off disease. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, flowers were carried in defense against the street smells of the ever growing cities. By the early 19th century, wearing fresh flowers had become an important element of fashion. Tiny hand-held bouquets were also used as fans. Wearing and carrying the small bouquets gradually disappeared by 1900.”