Folding fan. Silk gauze leaf with applied painted paper flowers and butterflies; the painted flowers are pink with green leaves, and resemble the Rose of Sharon (Hybiscus syriacus). Painted bamboo sticks. Bone guardsticks with painted decoration. Applied metal paillettes (spangles) on the leaf and sticks. Riveted at bottom, with metal loop. Possibly made in Japan.
(Keywords: Graduation Gift, Early Twentieth Century, Fashion, Accessory, New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Alice E. Conelley|
|Ownership and History||
Some women collected or saved special fans -- those that were from faraway places, or beautifully made with exotic materials, or associated with special people or events. Miss Alice E. Connelley of Staten Island treasured this delicate floral fan that she received as a grammar school graduation gift, and donated it to the Staten Island Historical Society when she was 92 years old.
Miss Connelley (1891-1988) was born in the Robin Hood Hotel at 970 Richmond Road, in the town of Concord, Staten Island. The hotel was owned by her parents, George and Clara Connelley, who came from England. When the original hotel burned down in 1897, the family built a new one on the same site, and Miss Connelley continued to live there into the 1950s.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Personal Gear|
Connelley, Alice E.
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (www.fanassociation.org)|
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