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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1860s-1880s
Description Folding fan. White Point de Gaz needle lace leaf has three scrolled cartouches and rose bouquet motifs on a mesh ground. Mother-of-pearl guards and drilled sticks have incised floral and scroll decoration with applied silver and gold metallic foil. Riveted at bottom, with metal loop. Fan is accompanied by hinged box covered with brown marbled paper and lined with tufted silk. (Box has no inscription and may not be original to the fan, though it is sized to fit the fan when folded). Fan was probably made in France or Belgium.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European, Victorian)
Acquisition Gift of the Posner Family
Ownership and History This fan belonged to Ruth (Krumnas) Palitz (1898-1973). It was probably made some years before she was born, suggesting that it might have previously belonged to another family member or that it was acquired as a vintage item. The Krumnas family, of Siberian-Jewish heritage, settled in New York in the early 20th century. Ruth married Clarence Y. Palitz Sr., a businessman and alderman in New York City. The fan descended to their daughter, Lillian (Palitz) Posner, then to her husband, Alan H. Posner, and finally to a family friend, who donated it to the Staten Island Historical Society in 2012.

Earliest Date 1860
Latest Date 1890
Material Lace/Mother-of-pearl
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Palitz, Ruth (Krumnas)
Catalog Number 12.009.A-B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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