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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1880
Description Cockade fan. Plain brown fabric leaf is glazed to look like leather and has a scalloped edge. Leaf is folded and set into a forked wooden mount that tapers at one end to become a handle; the wood has a noticeable grain pattern. Handle has a metal clasp, a brass mount and and a metal loop.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Cockade fans, designed to open to a full circle, existed for centuries in various cultures but found particular favor in the U.S. during the late 1800s. They compact to a small size when closed, making them handy pocket-sized implements that were used by men, women, and children.

This fan came from the estate of Mary (Prall) Decker (1884-1980), a lifelong resident of New Springville, Staten Island. Mary was a descendent of the Prall and Hillyer families that first settled on Staten Island in the 1600s. The fan may have been used by Mary, or perhaps it belonged to her parents, Mary A. (Hillyer) Prall (1845-1925) and Oscar J. Prall (1843-1925).
Earliest Date 1875
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Decker, Mary Frances (Prall)
Prall, Mary A. (Hillyer)
Prall, Oscar J.
Catalog Number 82.081.0156
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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