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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1870-1880
Description Folding fan. Aqua-green silk satin leaf with hand-painted flowers and birds. Mother-of-pearl sticks with incised floral design and applied metallic foil. Paste jewel at rivet (rivet has become detached). Metal loop with green silk tassel. Probably made in France.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European, Floral, Victorian, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Daniel Low Bridgman
Ownership and History Beauties of nature - flowers, foliage, insects, and birds - adorn the folding satin leaf of this opulent fan. The metallic decoration applied to the sticks echoes the painted design.

This fan may have belonged to Evelyn Tylden (or Tilden) Low Bridgman (1852-1919). The daughter of wealthy businessman Daniel Low of St. George, Staten Island, Evelyn married Edward Clark Bridgman in 1884. Mrs. Bridgman was an active community volunteer. She worked with the Staten Island Diet Kitchen, which supplied special diets for infants and people who were ill, and the New Brighton Day Nursery of the Woman's Club. In her honor, the Day Nursery changed its name to the Evelyn Bridgman Day Nursery.
Earliest Date 1870
Latest Date 1880
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Bridgman, Evelyn Tylden (Low)
Catalog Number C02.1305
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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