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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.

This is a fan from United States. It is dated 1870–90 and we acquired it in 1952. Gift of Mary Goodrich Fitch Beer.

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Its medium is

label: glazed cotton leaf, tortoise shell handle, silk cord

Its dimensions are

H x W (open, without tassels): 27.9 x 15.2 cm (11 x 6 in.)

We have 1 video that features Fan (USA), 1870–90.

Collections in Motion: Tortoiseshell Fan

Demonstration of an unusual fan from the Cooper Hewitt Museum collection. Made around 1880, the fan is opened and closed by pulling a silk cord.

This object was donated by Mary G. F. Beer

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