Victorian bone hand fan, painted, sequin and lace

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A gorgeous antique Victorian hand fan, it has carved bovine bone sticks and guards.

It has a silk chiffon cover with a beautiful hand painted floral scene including daisies, hand painted in oils.

It has a pretty lace trim and is adorned with tiny little silver metal sequins.

A very finely decorated fan.

It comes with in a card fan box though this does not appear to be original to the piece.

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.

Good used condition overall, some age commensurate signs of use and wear, there is a repair visible to one of the guards, an old repair visible on one of the sticks and this has come open, a few missing sequins.

Approx 9" length, 17" width open and 1.25" width closed.

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