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This lovely fan is about 9" (24cm) long when closed, and about 15" (38cm) wide when opened. The spokes are wood, painted gold, with a small gold metal loop on the end. It's in very good condition, and has been stored in tissue paper in an old Bonwit Teller box, although it probably wasn't purchased there (Bonwit Teller & Co. was an upscale department store founded in New York City in 1895, which declared bankruptcy in the 1970s). It's difficult to date an item like this, but that the framework is made of wood, rather than plastic or Bakelite, seems to indicate that it was made in the 1920's or earlier.

I found this in a consignment store in Palm Springs, CA. It could have belonged to a showgirl or burlesque dancer (although the larger ones were used for the more risque acts); Palm Springs is a popular retirement spot for folks from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I'd love to know the history of this fan! They were also a popular accessory in the 1920s as well as during the Victorian era.

1920s White Ostrich Feather Fan

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