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Accession # SRM1986-2.7

Fan

1840


This 1840s fan is made from silk, sequins, and carved ivory. A fan was an accessory for a woman to carry with her to social functions, such as a dance or a wedding. She could use it to fan herself to keep cool in warm Texas weather or after dancing. One must remember that in the mid-19th century there was no air conditioning and that women were required to wear much more clothing than women today, such as multiple layers of petticoats and head coverings. She could also use it to flirt with, to communicate with other women or to attract men by doing certain movements with it.




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