Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
Telescopic folding fan with double fabric pleated leaf. Dark brown fabric leaf is undecorated. Wood sticks and guards; guards are incised with a simple floral design. Metal loop at rivet.

Unlike regular folding fans, the sticks of telescopic fans are not adhered to the leaf; rather, each stick is loosely encased in a sleeve formed by the leaf front and back. When the leaf is pulled outwardly, the fan size expands. When the leaf is pushed inwardly, the fan retracts to a convenient compact size. (On this particular fan, the telescoping feature no longer works.)

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 7.75"
Leaf height: 4"
Open width: 13"
Arc (degrees when open): 130
13 sticks / 2 guards

c. 1885
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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