What is a Vintage Flower Frog?

Have you ever uncovered a mysterious looking object that you knew had a purpose, but just couldn't quite put your finger on what it could be?

This was me, not too long ago, trying to discover what looked to me like an mix between a toothbrush holder and a glass honeycomb.

I knew what I had was a part of something, but I had to research a bit more to reveal the truth, which turned out to be that I was holding a vintage flower frog!

What is a Vintage Flower Frog?

Simply put, vintage flower frogs are flower holders.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are typically dome shaped elements, made of glass, metal, or ceramic, that sit on the bottom of a vase and help hold a flower arrangement in place.

The most common ones we see today resemble a honey comb, or even a cage, and sometimes consist of metal spikes sticking straight up from the base, as in a "bed of nails". All of these structures are designed to hold flower stems upright in an arrangement.

Their original design has been traced back as far as the 16th century, however the modern versions we are discussing here, became widely popular in the United States in the early 1900's. 

Most Common Vintage Flower Frogs

Glass Flower Frogs

Pictured below is an example of two glass flower frogs. These particular frogs are made of carnival glass and are from around the 1940's. Glass flower frogs are made in a wide variety of vintage glass types, shapes, and sizes.

Vintage Flower Frog

Photo: TinButtons on Etsy

Metal "Cage" Flower Frogs

Metal, or "cage" flower frogs from the 1970's, such as the ones pictured below, are also a popular find amongst vintage collector's.

Metal Flower Frogs

Photo: LarrysLoot an Etsy 

Spiked Flower Frogs

These malicious looking spiked flower frogs from the 1950's (pictured below) posses the same purpose as the previously mentioned holders. Flower stems are easily placed in between the spikes as a means to stay in place. These were usually made of metal. 

Metal Flower Frog

Photo: MeghanDrago on Etsy

Most of these glass, caged, and spiked flower frogs are considered common, and can be found at estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, and of course in online market places such as ETSY or eBay

However, the market boasts a rare and unusual selection of flower frogs as well.

Rare and Decorative Flower Frogs

Less common, and generally more expensive pieces include decorative figures made of glass, ceramic, or other materials.

They were designed to hold flower buds, or short cut stems, and left to be exposed for their beauty rather than tucked away inside a vase. 

Motifs such as birds, animals, and nude statues were widely used and are collected today.

A Ceramic Nude Flower Frog

Nude Statue Flower Frog

Photo: MyriadOfVintage on Etsy

A Ceramic Duck Shaped Flower Frog

Flower Frog Duck

Photo: MyFrenchTexas

Ceramic Bird Flower Frog

Bird Flower Frog

Photo: TheVintagePorch on Etsy.

Common Characterisics

If the variety of vintage flower frogs has your head spinning a bit, do not fret.

Even the most unusual flower frogs can typically be identified by their common characteristics. 

If you discover an unusual piece you suspect could be a flower frog, ask yourself if you could picture it holding flower stems like any of the previously mentioned frogs in the article.

Are there wide holes, or spikes, or a cage?

Does it look like a weird salt and pepper shaker with extra large holes? 

Is it a decorative box, or figure with any of these characteristics?

Use Your Imagination

With a basic understanding of flower frogs, you will be able to identify them more easily while out vintage shopping or perusing online sales. 

There are infinite possibilities for using these little treasures in projects or around the home for decor.

Thanks for Reading!

Thank you so much for reading, and please leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of this article. 

I would love to hear about your flower frog finds, or projects you have completed with them!

Take care, as always! - Hallie  ❤️️ 

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