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Have you ever heard of a tussie-mussie? Spellcheck certainly hasn’t. You know about how the crowded cities of the Middle Ages had inadequate fresh water and sewers, so that the air was full of the foul smells of body odor and worse. A tussie-mussie was a fancy container that 18th-century ladies could carry sweet-smelling flowers in to fight the ambient stench. Collector Irene Deitsch, who wrote Tussie-Mussies: A Collector’s Guide to Victorian Posy Holders, tells us about them.
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