İn 19th and beginning of 20th century, Posy holder is a type of funnel-shaped container for holding a posy ; a flowerv or a nosegay , basically intended to be worn attached to a dress. The handle may be of ivory, amber, porcelain, mother-of-pearl. The posy is secured by a pin across the mouth of the funnel and the holder is attached to the dress by a pin or hook. Some examples have, attached by a chain, a finger-ring for use when held by hand and some are made as a brooch. In earlier times before sanitation and concerns with personal hygiene, the nosegays were carried to superstitiously ward off disease or to camouflage the unpleasant smells of the street.