Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
Folding fan with double fabric pleated leaf. The leaf front is red silk satin with silver polka dots woven into the fabric in an all over design. The leaf reverse is plain burgundy silk satin. Wood sticks and guards are covered with a thin veneer (paper?) that gives the frame a leather like appearance. Sticks are stamped with a metallic silver filigree pattern; guards are stamped with a simple outline. A plain metal loop is attached to the rivet. This fan may have been manufactured by Hunt and Allen of Braintree, Massachusetts.

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 11.375"
Leaf height: 6"
Open width: 20.625"
Arc (degrees when open): 140
14 sticks / 2 guards

Place of Origin:
United States (?)
c. 1865—1870
Credit Line:
Anonymous gift
This online exhibition is made possible through a generous grant from the Fan Association of North America (FANA).
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