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This is a rare Tudor/Renaissance silver posy holder, dating to the 16th century. It is expertly crafted from silver sheet into a funnel/trumpet shape. Such objects were used to hold flowers or feathers, attached to a hat or secured to the hair with a bodkin. These are scarce objects, mostly worn at court or in enclosed gardens of stately homes, as such are seldom found. This example appears intact although a little bit crumpled.
OBJECT: Posy Holder
DATE: c. 16th - 17th century
SIZE: 71mm x 8mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 5.3 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection