Two hand painted birds reside on the silk of this beautiful Victorian Fan.
From about 1890-1900, The silk is really in very nice condition. There is a partial separation on one end which could be repaired quite easily. Because you can see the separation you can see how the fan is constructed, the old way! It is a heavier fan and most likely would have been used outdoors. Smaller fans were used at the dinner table and in close proximity to other people or in crowds.
This is a large fan, at 12 inches long, when closed, including the hanging hardware at the end of the fan. When opened it spans 21". Minor wear but in amazing shape for a Victorian fan. After all, it was suppose to be going to a Museum!
The birds are vibrant and lovely. Quite stable. Amazing how you can see how these were put together because the one apart at the end. A little glue or fabric tape will place it back together. There is a lining in between the silk on the fan. The silk is on each side of the "lining". Wow. Quite the construction for what looks to be fragile because of the silk.
The frame is of wood with a heavy black enamel paint.
There is slight edge wear but this fan is likely about 120 years old and in great condition.
It came from a collection of donated Victorian items in Wisconsin for a museum, but it never got built so the collection was sold in a lot that my friends called me on. They purchased the whole collection of over 600 pieces, and sold me items that didn't pertain to items they wanted. So I purchased a lot of doll, baby and personal items. (They kept the women's clothes). Check back as I will be adding more of the many items I purchased from the museum items, all Victorian or Edwardian Eras.
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Item ID: 12Fan783
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