What is a Flower Frog? Explanations and Photos

What is a flower frog?

Flower frogs have been around for many, many years and they are now a highly collected item.  Used for flower arranging, they are meant to sit in the bottom of your vase or your bowl and the stems of the flowers are then placed inside the small holes.  Back in the days when a woman was often graded on the beauty of her home, it was common to have fresh flowers on display.  Typically these proud home makers would use flower frogs to help achieve their results.

Flower frogs come in hundreds of different shapes and sizes and are not anything like a frog at all.  There are ornate decorative pieces that feature matching bowls and are usually made of pottery or porcelain.  Often, this type will feature a tall figure with the holes at the bottom.  The famous pottery companies such as Weller, McCoy, Roseville, Camark, Royal Haeger and more produced items like these for many years.  Now, they are a highly sought after collectible.

There are also different types of metal flower frogs, some of which are very ordinary.  The most common ones look like the heads of pins sticking upright and the flower's stems rest on the pins.  There is no separate holes to insert the stem into.  This provides more flexibility in the floral arrangement.  There are also domed shaped metal ones that have a criss cross design as well as some that are more free form (rarer to find).

We have also commonly seen glass flower frogs, some of which were produced with the matching console bowls and some that were not.  You can find them in all sorts of colors including pink, yellow, green, blue, black and clear.  There are also some that were popular many years ago in Vaseline Glass.

These interesting tidbits of vintage pottery, glass and metal had gone by the wayside until approximately 10 years ago when Martha Stewart featured them in a segment in her Martha Stewart Living magazine.  About that time, the collectible market for them heated up. 

Now that you know what these interesting things are, you may be lucky enough to happen upon one at a garage sale, thrift store or flea market!  Just think of the lovely arrangement you could make!

 

 

 

 

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