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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1860-1880
Description Cockade fan. Peach color paper leaf (possibly mulberry paper treated with persimmon juice) has a hand-painted floral design of blue and white flowers, red and white flowers, and green leaves. The reverse side of the leaf is speckled. The shape of the leaf when open is squared with rounded corners. The leaf is set between two wood sticks that are painted black with a gold painted diamond and floral design; each stick has a hole at the end. A string with a blue tassel is attached to one stick.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Asian)
Acquisition Gift of Alfred A. Cole
Ownership and History The two sticks of this fan pivot to spread the folded leaf 360 degrees, forming a shaped cockade. This example may have been made in China or Japan for the western market.

This fan is believed to be from the estate of Annie E. Cole (1864-1952), a long-time resident of Tottenville, Staten Island. Annie served for nearly 40 years as the principal of the Huguenot Public School, retiring in 1930. She was a descendent of the Cole and Woglom families, both of which were among the early settlers on Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1860
Latest Date 1880
Material Paper/Wood
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Cole, Annie E.
Catalog Number C02.0806
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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