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    Men wearing vase/flower lapel pins?

    Is the character of Hercule Poirot's famous flower vase lapel pin vintage? Did most men of the time wear one, or is it just another aspect of his eccentric character?


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    And if not what would one traditionally wear in a lapel pin?

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    The lapel vase is called a tussy mussy. Did most men of the time wear them? No. Was it an expression of his distinctive personality? As Poirot might have said, "Bien sûr, tout à fait."
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    I've been trying to look for one myself. would anyone know where I might find one? (I have been looking on ebay of course)
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    Well a chap might wear a buttonhole (flower such as a carnation or a rose) through the lapel, but usually they had a sort of holder that slotted behind to put a drop of water in to keep the flower fresh.

    The BF has one. It is a flat oval shape and has a small hooked piece at the top that goes on the outside which is hidden by the flower whilst being worn. One of his vintage suits even has a little bit of looped thread behind the lapel to hold the bottom of the holder in place during wear.

    It's very practical. See, they thought of everything then. Keep your eyes skinned at Antique Fairs or markets where they are selling cigar or cigarette holders, cufflinks etc. I've seen them lumped in with that sort of thing in cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Sis
    a little bit of looped thread behind the lapel to hold the bottom of the holder in place during wear.

    It's very practical. See, they thought of everything then.
    It's called a stem keeper and you're right that it's rarely found on RTW suits these days. Oxxford suits have them, maybe Kiton and Brioni. Also, it functions just as well sans holder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanky_frankie
    I've been trying to look for one myself. would anyone know where I might find one?
    Frankie, most wedding supply houses carry a selection of them. Be careful when ordering online to check the measurements, as large bouquet holders go by the same name. You will be looking for something less than 3" in length.

    Some have hooks that slip into a lapel's button hole, and some have a pin that allows one to attach them where you will. As Miss Sis said, some allow the wearer to add a drop of water or two throughout the day as needed, a distinct advantage over wearing a simple boutonnière.

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    I love love love Poirot!
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    Interesting, but I probably wouldn't wear one to the bar in Medicine Bow.
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    thanks SP and Miss Sis for your info,

    Printing out the pages from the link as I type... This may just be the ticket for a llttle something extra for our Art Deco era Fred Astaire wannabe son.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slim Portly
    Frankie, most wedding supply houses carry a selection of them. Be careful when ordering online to check the measurements, as large bouquet holders go by the same name. You will be looking for something less than 3" in length.

    Some have hooks that slip into a lapel's button hole, and some have a pin that allows one to attach them where you will. As Miss Sis said, some allow the wearer to add a drop of water or two throughout the day as needed, a distinct advantage over wearing a simple boutonnière.

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