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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1880-1920
Description Folding fan. Paper leaf has a scalloped top with gold edging. Both sides of the leaf have hand-painted designs. One side is tan on the left and blue on the right. The blue portion has a silver metallic floral design; the tan portion has a design of a grasshopper on vines with purple flowers and gold highlights. The reverse side has a black wash along the top edge, and a design in black of two ducks swimming in water among reeds, a branch with blossoms (possibly cherry blossoms), and abstract foliage. The sticks and guardsticks are bamboo painted or lacquered black. Probably made in China or Japan.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Asian)
Acquisition Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Leonard in memory of Mrs. Cornelius Leonard
Ownership and History Mary (Wood) and Cornelius Leonard Jr. resided in Travis, Staten Island. Cornelius was listed as an oysterman in the 1880 census.

This fan was part of a collection of items donated to the Staten Island Historical Society by Mary (Wood) Leonard's estate following her death in 1947.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1920
Material Paper/Bamboo
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Leonard, Mary (Wood)
Catalog Number C02.0569
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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