Fan (USA), 1870–90
Label: glazed cotton leaf, tortoise shell handle, silk cord. Gift of Mary Goodrich Fitch Beer. 1952-2-1.
What is this?
Folding cockade fan. Leaf of glazed cotton with silk cords attached--one to the upper center of leaf and the other to the lower center through a hole in the tortoiseshell tube. Pulling the cord at the bottom of the tube retracts the telescoping cockade fan into its cylindrical handle. The leaf, when pulled upward, has a circular or "flabellum" form.