Antique Edwardian Art Nouveau Made in Germany Valentines Day Folding Fan
Needing a bit of tender loving care may I offer this antique German light cardboard folding fan featuring chromolithographic printing and embossing. The fan is Valentines Day related and reads My Valentine I Greet Thee. The images at the top are a combination of a lady pining for her love and the lady in the presence of her beloved.
Condition: The top outer panel has one bit of ivy leaf missing - you won't spot it because you an see the next panel filling in the missing spot. The balance of the panels are in very good condition for their age (C.1900 or so) showing only light wear to the edges. The middle ribbon that threads the panels together needs replacing so that the cards will hold together. The original bottom cord is still present though has darkened with age. While the inside panels are fresh and light blue, the outer one has darkened with age.
Hallmarks: There's the rub - there is none. I believe the piece might be Raphael Tuck & Son, Made in Germany, but I can find no writing anywhere.
NOTE: The John Grossman Collection of fans at the Winterthur Museum is the largest collection of hand fans on the Internet. This fan is NOT in the collection which makes for a rare find. However, it does come close to No. 7 in the photo listing.
Size: When open the fan measures about 16-1/2" wide. When closed, the fan measures 9-1/4" high x 3-3/4" wide.
Final Comments: If perfect, the fan would cost a pretty penny. But even with the small bit missing and the ribbon needing replacing, this is still a rare find.
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Antique Edwardian Folding Fan Made in Germany