Antique French Mother of Pearl & Gold Sequins Fan in original Box   c.1845

Antique French Mother of Pearl Gold Sequins Fan in original Box, Fans were carried as an accessory but also as a means of communication. There is a fan language for flirting since couples couldn't openly express their love.

Fan    early 20th century

thevintagethimble: “ Fan with leaf of white organdy, French, Early century.

1889 - 2 colors hand fan

Alright, so this gift wouldn't be found in any name-brand store. For a good quality hand fan, your best bet would be an antique/vintage shop.

Fan Made Of Ivory, Silk, Mother-Of-Pearl And Metal - Probably French  c.1885-1895 The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Fan, probably French. Ivory, silk, mother-of-pearl, metal. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fan Made Of Ivory, Silk, Mother-Of-Pearl And Metal - Probably French  c.1885-1895 The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Fan, probably French. Ivory, silk, mother-of-pearl, metal. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Punched Paper and Feather Fan with Mirror, French, 1863. Paper, ivory, feathers, glass. The reason for the embossed golden wheat image is not known, but historically the wheat motif symbolized the "golden wealth" provided by Mother Earth. The fan's mirror made it possible for its owner to see discretely who was behind her.

Punched Paper and Feather Fan with Mirror 1863 Paper, ivory, feathers, glass T

Fan late 19th century- early 20th century The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fan Made Of Sheer Silk Plain Weave With Paint And Metal Sequins, Bone Sticks And Guards - American c. Late Century- Early Century The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Folding Fan Of Mother-Of-Pearl And Lace - France   c.1880-1890  -  The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York

Folding fan with a black lace leaf decorated with a line of dancing putti carrying a floral garland. The sticks are carved and gilded mother-of-pearl, decorated with oval medallions of putti. On each guard stick a medallion with the initials BF.

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Mother of Pearl fan mid century, V museum collection: for a young girl's first official ball

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