Antique Victorian bone and silk hand fan

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A simple yet beautiful antique, mid Victorian era hand fan.

The fan has bovine bone sticks and guards, quite wide with a small mother of pearl washer and brass pin to the bottom.

It has a black silk on paper covering and folds in an accordion fashion.

No hanging loop.

Fans were a large part of a Victorian ladies attire and they served a larger purpose than to cool things down!

Fans were used by ladies as a form of silent communication between her and a prospective gentleman or a close friend, they were used to give permission to a kiss, to convey the lady was already taken and even sometimes angrily.

In fact there was entire silent language built around the fan and its position and it is fascinating to research.

It was widely known by both sexes what the different fan positions were and since fans were such an important part of social etiquette they were often one of the most decorative items a lady owned.

Condition:
Good used condition overall, one bone guard has a split repair, some pitting and marks in the bone, commensurate with age, one small tear on the black silk covering, no loop.

Approx 9.5" length, 17" width open, 1.25" width closed

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