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Fan of dark reddish-brown leather

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Both sticks and leaf narrow, stamped gilt edges on both sticks and leaf, top of leaf edged with short magenta silk fringe, leaf backed with dark purplish-red satin, on one outside stick the initials: S W M, and the date: Dec. 25, 1873 stamped in gold, dark purpish-red silk tassel.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Morton E. Cummings

American, 1873

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31.4 x 45 x 3.6 cm (12 3/8 x 17 11/16 x 1 7/16 in.) fan open

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Medium or Technique

Silk, leather, wood, gilt paint, brass, mother-of-pearl, silk tassel and cord


Textiles and Fashion Arts