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Object Name Fan
Date 1880-1900
Description Rigid feather fan (handscreen). Round leaf is covered with white and purple feathers on front and back. A stuffed hummingbird is attached in the center of the leaf. Bone handle has carved rings. Fan is in a cardboard box with a handwritten inscription on the lid: "Miss Mariana Velasques / remember of Niagara fall[s] / No 58".
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Souvenir)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Harold Twiss
Ownership and History The origin of this fan is not known, but fans of this type are known to have been made in Brazil in the late 1800s.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1900
Material Feathers/Bone
Subjects Birds
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.0328
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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