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Object Name Fan
Date 1850-1870
Description Folding fan. Royal blue silk satin leaf with hand-painted flowers. Sandalwood sticks with drilled design and inset tiny blue and gold glass stones. Riveted at the bottom, with metal loop. Made in France.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European, Floral, Victorian, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Leonard in memory of Mrs. Cornelius Leonard
Ownership and History Roses, pansies, fuchsia, and morning glory grace the royal-blue satin leaf of this fan, giving it a sweetly sentimental appearance. The sandalwood sticks would have had a gentle fragrance when the fan was new. It may have belonged to Mary A. Wood of Travis, Staten Island, who married Cornelius Leonard, Jr., in 1875.
Earliest Date 1850
Latest Date 1870
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Leonard, Mary (Wood)
Catalog Number C02.0573
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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