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Object Name Fan
Date 1880-1900
Description Folding fan. Silk leaf with hand-painted pink and yellow flowers and green leaves; design is highlighted with applied dots of gesso painted with metallic paint. Reverse side has hand-painted pink flowers with green leaves, and handwritten signatures in pencil. Bamboo sticks, with tied cord on guardsticks. Made in Japan for export.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Memento, Floral, Dance Card Fan, Asian, New York)
Acquisition Gift of the Henderson-Irving Family
Ownership and History The owner of this fan chose to use it as a personal memento. The handwritten signatures on the reverse show that it was used to record a woman's dance partners at a ball. Penciled names include Bleecker Leggett; E. Thomas; Lewin; Shand; Vermilye; and W. Donald.

The fan may have belonged to Maria Adelaide Henderson (1854-1925) of Staten Island, who mentioned dancing classes in letters to her future husband, Gugy Irving, in 1876.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1900
Material Silk/Bamboo
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Irving, Maria Adelaide (Henderson)
Catalog Number C02.1507
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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