Bouquet holder in box
Silver, ivory, leather
Box: 7 in. ( 17.8 cm ) Overall (bouquet holder): 6 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (16.2 x 4.4 cm)
stamped: on box: "M. M. S."
Cast and wrought gilt-silver bouquet holder with an ivory handle; funnel-shaped holder formed from eight cut work four-leaf clovers with diamond and flower patterns in the centers around the top, over eight wrought oval lobes with flowers in the centers; holder is applied to an eight-sided urn-shaped center section decorated with chased flowers; cylindrical handle covered with an ivory tube decorated with a carved vine of flowers; engraved knop finial applied to the base of the handle; four prongs to hold the flowers are inserted in the center of the holder; black leather rectangular box marked in gold, "M. M. S.".
This bouquet holder was probably used during the wedding of Margaret Antoinette Morris to John Austin Stevens Jr. in 1852.
Gift of John B. Morris, Jr.
Margaret Antoinette Morris (b.1830), who married John Austin Stevens Jr. (b. 1827); to her brother John Babcock Morris (b.1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute; to their son John Babcock Morris Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
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