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Victorian Fan - Mourning Cockade - Original

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Nice ORIGINAL mid-Victorian era cockade fan, with red leather handles.

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 9" across and is 13" long fully opened, which dates it from probably the 1860's - 1880's. Metal loop at the bottom to hold the handles together and lock them open. Fan is still crisp enough to be used effectively. Leather handles do have wear and some loss of leather in spots. Still, the fan is a nice presentation piece.

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Victorian Fan - Mourning Cockade - Original


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: leather, paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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