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!
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.
A lovely half doll with her pretty fan.