Victorian bone and feather hand fan

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A very beautiful and unusual antique hand fan.

Late Victorian era it has pierced and carved bovine sticks and guards and is covered all over with feathers.

On one side the feathers are white and on the other they have been laid on a vibrant pink paper ground, the fan has a brass hanging loop to the bottom.

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 stick has come away from the paper but could be repaired, general signs of ageing.

Approx 10.5" length, 16" width open and the loop is approx 1" length.

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