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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1900-1920
Description Brise fan. Celluloid sticks are joined near the top by a narrow beige fabric ribbon. Sticks have pierced design of geometric shapes composed of crosses and dots. Guardsticks are plain. Riveted at bottom, with celluloid loop. A length of beige fabric ribbon is attached to the loop; ribbon is tied in a bow at top and knotted at the bottom.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of Margaret L. Denno
Ownership and History Fans made from sticks or blades held together by a ribbon, without a paper or fabric leaf, are known as brisé fans, from a French term meaning "shattered."

This fan came from the estate of Margaret L. Denno, who is descended from the Latourette family of Staten Island. It is made of celluloid, an early form of plastic that manufacturers used as a substitute for ivory during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1920
Material Celluloid
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number 80.013.0083
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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