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Object Name Fan
Date 1880-1890
Description Folding fan. Black gauze (probably silk) leaf with hand-painted yellow roses and black machine-made lace trim. Pierced ebony sticks, with carved flowers on guardsticks. Riveted at bottom, with metal loop. Probably made in France.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European, Floral, Victorian)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. R. Fox-Allen
Ownership and History A woman could express herself through body language in the way she held or carried her fan. The fan's decoration could add another layer of meaning, through the symbolism associated with different types of flowers. Publications from the late 1800s state that yellow roses, like the ones featured on this fan, signified a "decrease of love."
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Roses
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.1227
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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