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Leaf extends to form regular size fan; retracted, the fan could have fit in a pocket or purse. Blue satin silk leaf with painted design of pink morning glories on obverse, green silk narrow band at top and bottom. Thirteen machine-carved ivory sticks. Blue and green silk tassel depends from...

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Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

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Oldham Collection

about 1875

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Guard (retracted): 19 cm (7 1/2 in.); guard (extended): 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.); maximum open: 33 cm (13 in.)

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Silk satin leaf, painted design; machine-carved ivory sticks; silk; brass


Textiles and Fashion Arts