Yesterday, while shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, I bought some flower frogs. I posted a picture and story on Instagram of the three flower frogs I bought (for $5 each) and received over thirty messages asking, “What is that?” and “what are they for?”.
These are all called flower frogs and they are used to help arrange flowers.
Flower frogs are usually made of lead or glass or bronze. They are placed in the bottom of a vase to hold flower stems. I have two kinds of flower frogs that are vintage and made of lead. I have ones with spikes (they are sharp so be careful!) that are good for thin stems. I also have the metal cages that are well suited for thicker stems.
Flower frogs were very popular in the mid-twenties and thirties during the flapper era yet they can be traced back to the 16th century in Europe. The oldest flower frog in the US can be traced back to a patent issued in 1875.
The name “flower frog” is somewhat of a mystery. In fact, no one seems to know how the name came about.
Other names for the flower frog include flower blocks, flower bricks, flower holders and floral arrangers.
Not only are flower frogs decorative, they are very functional. I use them almost every time I arrange flowers. They are so helpful in holding the flower stems upright! They are also a lot heavier than they look so they won’t tip over once the stems are placed in the frog.
The art of collecting flower frogs has become very popular and prices have risen. I have seen them priced as low as three dollars and as high as forty! Most of the flower frogs in the photos here were priced at about $5.00. A lot of the vintage flower frogs on etsy and ebay are priced closer to $10.00. I suggest checking your local vintage flea markets for the best prices.
Source – Flower Frog Gazette