Folding "trick" fan. Leaf is composed of nine horizontal bands of light and dark pink cotton ribbons. Wood sticks are serpentine shaped and are painted pink with a painted silver design on the guardsticks. Metal loop and pink ribbon attached at rivet. Possibly made in France.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Victorian)
|Acquisition||From Ruth (Wood) Morren (Mrs. George E.B. Morren)|
|Ownership and History||
This type of fan could be called a trick fan, broken fan, or fancy ribbon fan. The ribbons are attached to the sticks in such a way that if opened in the typical manner (from left to right) it appears as a normal folding fan with a ribbon leaf, but if opened in the opposite direction (from right to left), the ribbons are revealed to be short pieces that connect pairs of sticks, giving the appearance of a broken fan.
This example may have been made by a manufacturer of inexpensive fans, possibly in France. However, a similar fan is documented in a U.S. publication of May 1866, Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine, which gave instructions for making a simpler version with three bands of ribbons as a do-it-yourself craft project.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Personal Gear|
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