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.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Personal Gear|
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