November 2, 2003 at the annual Victorian Tea
by the Stamford Historical Society and Jane
to go …
Final touches: a traveling mantle and a refreshing sniff at the nosegay
small floral spray called a nosegay accompanied
a fine bred lady when she traveled from home.
Back view of a fringed
jacquard traveling mantle and bonnet with outer lace
bavolet at the nape.
view of bonnet and traveling mantle with a cone shaped silver nosegay holder called a tussie-mussie.
A close up of the tussie-mussie,
designed to keep the floral stems
moist and fragrant blooms fresh. Due to the indelicate
odors that might have assailed one's sensitive nose when traveling
about out of doors in those days, no woman of fine breeding would
ever have left home without it being handy.