Women wore Tussie mussies with them in Victorian times
Is it a tussie mussie, a flower girl, a bouquet holder, a nose bouquet or a titular posey? This funnel-shaped metal object was a fashionable accessory with an important purpose. In medieval times, the streets smelled of garbage, horses and other animals and the lack of toilets. The women carried small bouquets of herbs and spices to cover up the foul smells that they believed carried disease.
In Victorian times, bouquets were bouquets of flowers or fragrant tufts. The stems were kept moist in moist moss and they were named tussie mussies. They were held by the long handle, just under the noses of the women. Some were made with chains and a ring that went through a finger to hold the tussie mussie and others were pinned to the belt when the lady had to use her hands to get out of a car or down the stairs while holding a railing.
This mussie tussie consists of a chain and a tripod that folds up. The 4½ inch flower holder cone is hinged engraved silver with wavy flowers. It was made around 1875. It sold with two others for $ 1,188 at an auction in New Orleans.
Q: I still have a doll from my favorite cartoon, “Jem and the Holograms” from around 1985. Is it rare?
A: “Jem and the Holograms” was an American animated series that mixed science fiction, adventure and a bit of romance about a 1980s girl rock group “Glam” led by a girl named Jem. Hasbro’s Glam dolls and accessories with big hair, edgy wardrobes, and glam-rock glitter makeup were popular from 1985 to 1988, when Hasbro stopped making them. The dolls were larger than Barbie with more realistic body proportions. Recently, the cartoons have aired on cable TV and Netflix, renewing interest in Jem.
Q: I recently bought the prettiest pale green horn-shaped planter from a thrift store. It is marked “Weller Pottery” on the bottom. What’s the story behind it all?
A: Samuel Augustus Weller started his own pottery business in 1872 in Fultonham, Ohio, making stoneware pots and clay flowerpots. In 1882 he moved his business to Zanesville, Ohio. In 1888, he was making “art pottery”. By 1915 Samuel Weller had established Weller Pottery as the world’s largest art pottery company with pieces in the arts and crafts, art nouveau, art deco and modernism styles. Weller Pottery closed in 1948. Your horn-shaped flowerpot is common and frequently seen in thrift stores and antique malls for $ 10 to $ 20.
Q: We bought a thread sewing cabinet from a local pharmacy when it went out of business. It has five drawers with hanging handles. “George A. Clark, Exclusive Agent”, “Spool Cotton, ONT, on white spools” is printed on the drawers, one line on each drawer. We would like to know more about it, its age and its possible value.
A: Several members of the Clark family were involved in the manufacture and sale of cotton yarn for household use. Patrick Clark has developed a three-ply cotton yarn, a cheaper alternative to silk yarn. He began making the yarn in 1812 in Paisley, Scotland. A descendant, George A. Clark, immigrated to the United States in 1856 and acted as an agent for the company. George and his brother William built a spinning mill in Newark, NJ, in 1864. It became Clark Thread Co.
George developed a six-string thread for use with sewing machines. This was the registered trademark “ONT” for “Our New Thread”. The company merged with J&P Coats in 1952 to become Coats & Clark. Spinrite, a company headquartered in Listowel, Ontario, Canada, purchased part of Coats & Clark in January 2019. It continues to manufacture Coats & Clark yarn. The rest of the business, now called Coats, manufactures industrial yarn.
Coil cabinets were display cases used in dry goods stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Your coil cabinet was made before 1873 when George Clark died. Most Clark coil cabinets have six drawers with red glass fronts, not black, and the word “Clark” at the top. The value of your coil cabinet with just five drawers is less than $ 300.
Q: I bought a Pierre Hautot print at a garage sale about a year ago. It shows a little girl holding her doll and a little boy watering a tree. Below, “What It Is Convenient”. On the back, it is written “Georges Redon, Français, 1869-1943” and “Galerie Pierre Hautot, Paris, France”. The print on the back is “DH606”. The image is 11 inches high and 18 inches wide. I would like to know if it is genuine.
A: The image is by Georges Redon, a French painter, printmaker and lithographer. Pierre Hautot is the gallery that sold it. It is part of a series of “Naughties” prints for children that Redon made in the 1920s. The French words translate to “C’est so practical”. This image was taken in 1928 and has been reproduced several times. A charcoal and pastel sketch sold for $ 255, but the prints, not the originals, sold for between $ 15 and $ 30.
The image cannot be considered an original from a photograph. Some museums have special days for the public to bring in art for authentication, but they will not estimate the price.
Advice: Do not put these items in the dishwasher: wooden cutting boards, good china with extra glaze decoration like gold trim, gold plated silver items, cast iron pans and all that is. repaired with glue. Heat can cause damage.
On the block
List prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.
Lladro votive lamp, lithophane, porcelain, engraved dancer and nutcracker, decorated with candies, flared bowl, domed lid, open top, 3½ inches, $ 25.
Toy, tow truck, tow truck, steel, blue and white paint, plastic balloon tires, Tonka, model 54070, circa 1978, 9¼ by 16 inches, $ 85.
Advertising safe, The Home Insurance Company New York, sterling silver, embossed, two firefighters holding a hose on one side, circular logo with “Home” lettering on center back, hinged cover, bottom strike, 2½ inches, 180 $.
Kitchen, freestanding kettle, apple butter, copper, rolled edge, bail handle, 1800s, 30½ by 26½ inches, $ 210.
Game board, parcheesi and checkers, pine with breadboard ends, square nail construction, blue, putty, yellow, black, red, green and white paint, house square in center, circa 1900, 20 by 20 inches , $ 375.
Rug, crochet, wool, three roosters, embroidered feet, stylized fence, falling leaves, striped border, beige, green, brown, black, circa 1910, 24 by 45 inches, $ 475.
Jewelry, bracelet, six panels, sterling silver, relief Aztec figures, hinged dividers with ball ends, marked “Chato, Sterling, Mexico”, circa 1970, 3½ by 6½ inches, $ 530.
Toy, Mechanical, Lone Ranger, on Prancing Horse, Spinning Lasso, Pewter Lithograph, Winding, Marx, Original Box with Hi-Yo Silver and Image, 7 inches, $ 625.
Bottle, historic bottle, embossed sunburst and “P. & W. ”each side, horizontal ribs, olive green yellow, sheared and machined mouth, pontil, Keene Glass Works, New Hampshire, 1815-1835, ½ pt., $ 840.
Furniture, gentleman’s chest of drawers, tiger maple, overhanging top, inlaid pine plank, beaded edges, two shallow drawers on hat drawer on three graduated drawers, brass knobs, shaped apron, 56 x 45 x 19 inches, 2880 $.