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Wood, flocked paper
Floral accessories
ca. 1860-1920
Victorian (1837-1901)
Rectangular, wooden box with vertical and horizontal partitions, which create individual spaces for the letters, numbers, and floral pins. Each section is labeled with a corresponding letter or number. The letters are made of flocked paper.
Label Text:
Inscriptions were a popular feature of the floral designs on wire frames, especially for lodge work, funerals, and congratulatory celebrations. Early lettering was made from dried flowers known as “immortelles” wired on wood and continued to be used by florists until 1910. Each letter was approximately two inches and cost $2.50 for a box of one hundred letters with picks included for attaching them to the arrangement. Later letting was made from materials such as foil, felt, and paper in a variety of colors and fonts, usually block letters or fancy scripts. Most lettering work included a few basic words or phrases and proper names or pet names for an individual. Commonly used words or phrases such as “Father,” “Friend,” or “At Rest” were imported in a variety of scripts. In 1917, self-adhesive letters and script words were introduced to the market, which made the florist’s work easier. These could be adhered to ribbon and tied on the design or letters could be pinned to the flowers and foliage.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
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Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens