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Nineteenth century hand fans were fashioned in three styles — the pleated, the brise, and the cockade. A cockade fan was a compact circular folding fan and occupied very little space. It had two handles or end sticks known as guards, and opened up to 360 degrees around a central pivot, thus forming a cockade. This style of fan was popular throughout the entire 19th Century, becoming popular during the late 18th Century.
This particular fan is a Mourning Fan - dark red with red leather handles. Dark red or maroon was an accepted color for second mourning -- the color represented the Blood of Christ. Handles measure 8 1/2" long, fan fully opened measures 10" across and is 14" long fully opened, which dates it from probably the 1860's - 1880's. There would have been a metal loop attached to the end of one of the guards that would have attached to the other guard when open to connect the two guards, but that is missing, not unusual. But otherwise the fan is in fair vintage condition - paper is all there, but has lost some of it's strength and is not crisp enough to be used effectively. Red leather that was in center where the guards attached is missing or partially missing as well. Still would make for a nice display item and is priced accordingly.
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