Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
Folding fan with double fabric pleated leaf. Cream—colored satin leaf front is hand painted with autumn leaves and small pink flowers and red berries. Reverse side of leaf is plain cotton or linen. Ivorine (imitation ivory) guards and sticks; guards are decorated with machine molded carving in a simple floral pattern. Metal rivet with a mother of pearl button and an ornate metal loop. A charming satin bow adorns the left guard.

To Learn More:
Learn about the different types of imitation ivory at CAMEO: Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online.

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 11"
Leaf height: 5.875"
Open width: 20"
Arc (degrees when open): 135
14 sticks / 2 guards

Place of Origin:
possibly Hunt & Allen, Braintree, MA, USA
c. 1875
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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