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Object Name Fan
Date 1880-1900
Description Folding fan. Red silk gauze leaf has hand-painted yellow and pink flowers and green leaves, with applied machine-made red lace, and stitched metal spangles. Incised and drilled wood sticks. Riveted at bottom, with a metal loop and a string with a red silk tassel. Possibly made in France.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Floral, Victorian, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Joseph Vermilye
Ownership and History The unusual bold red color gives this fan a seductive aura. With its sheer gauze leaf, a lady could coyly mask her face or pretend to blush.

This fan was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1971 by Mrs. Joseph Vermilye. Research indicates that Alice Louise Love (1897-1990), daughter of Edward T. and Mary L. Love of Staten Island, married Joseph Ware Vermilye around 1920. This fan might have belonged to a family member of the previous generation.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1900
Material Silk/Wood
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.1582
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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