Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
White ostrich feather brise fan. The sticks, guard and loop are made of an early form of plastic such as celluloid or Bakelite. The ostrich feather plumes waft sumptuaously in the slightest breeze, creating a look of opulence.

To Learn More:
Read about the development of early plastics such as celluloid and Bakelite.

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 8.25"
Feather height: 8" to 10"
Open width: 16"
Arc (degrees when open): 65
9 sticks / 2 guards
Total length (including frame and feathers): 15"

c. 1905
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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