Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Woman's Scepter

From the sixteenth century up to the late 1800s throughout the whole of Europe, the dress of no fashionable lady en grande tenue appears to have been complete without the addition of a hand fan.  So prominent a part has this little “modish machine" played in intrigue, love, and scandal that it has been aptly termed "the woman's scepter." Invitations were given by it, assignations were made; a gracious furl encouraged the lover; a disdainful furl plunged him into despair. To read aright this language became a necessity in the education of all fine gallants, who must know how to understand each movement and interpret each flutter.

I Love hand fans! There  is something special in them,  I think it is because they hold so many secrets... Don't you think?

In my latest visit to an antique store, I bought this lovely wall fan. I added a feather boa and roses, and I'm loving the results. Here are the photos. Enjoy!

The beginning...

Feather Boa attached.

Roses being glued.

My lovely fan all done!

This fan is 43" width by 26 1/2" high.

It's big compare to this tiny one.
This one is 4" width by 2 1/4" high.

This small porcelain fan was made in Spain.

This hand fan is very special, because
it was given to me by my precious mother.
The printing on it represents part of
Puerto Rican history.

This fan came from Puerto Rico also.

A lovely half doll with her pretty fan.

He's holding his hat and she's
holding her fan.

This doll is so beautiful and she's holding
a pretty fan too.

The praises of the fan have been sung by poets
 in various ages and in various climes.

You can see more beautiful hand fans Here.

I hope you enjoyed my mini collection
of fans!

Have a blessed week!

With love,

I'm joining ...


  1. Dearest Wendy,

    You have quite some flair for adding the pink boa and the roses. This huge fan will look great on the wall the way you made it!
    Funny that I've ordered a Cordova hat from Lands Faraway... I do love that Spanish style very much.
    In Asia you also see lots of fans, different but still very elegant. On my trip to Japan as a chaperone with 6 students I received several too.
    Have a great week and love to you,


  2. Wendy your collection of fans is delightful. There is something mystical about fans. I love them too, although I think they are more special when given by a loved one. x :o) j

  3. very nice collection! These were times of elegance and romantic secrets:)

  4. I just read a book that discussed the language of fans and what every movement meant during Regency England.... ;P

  5. Your fans are beautiful, especially the last one!

    Regards Janny.

  6. Wendy,
    I am so loving all of your precious fans!! And I aodre that doll!!
    I am posting my Home Tour room by room of my Christmas decorations over on my Christmas blog. Stop by if you have some time.....


  7. Wendy, your fans are so beautifu. You really 'dressed up' the one from the antique store. I don't ever remember seeing a doll with one..neat. Visiting from Wow Us Wednesday.

  8. I love to make fans but I have never made fans as beautiful as these...so gorgeous and wonderfully created. I have joined your followers list and would love to have you to join me as well. Hugs, Gayle

  9. I love your fan collection especially the ones you added the roses to. It turned out lovely thanks for sharing.

  10. Hi Wendy. What beautiful romantic things! :)
    Your fans are so pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)



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