Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fans For Sophronia ~ A Historical Retrospective


Waistcoats & Weaponry is coming, and in this third Finishing School installment, Sophronia finally acquired her signature weapon. All spies, as you know, have signature weapons. So I've collected for you a bit of a retrospective on...

 The Fan!


1790s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


1800 Brisé Fan  The Kyoto Costume Institute
This is very how I imagined Sophronia's fan:
1820 Brisé Fan  1820s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1830s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

1840s  The McCord Museum

1850-1870 The MET

 The Fan in the USA
The Fan Museum

1867-1876  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Godeys July 1872 Fans
1875 Fixed Fan  1875  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1875 Tortoiseshell Fan  1875-1889  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1880s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mourning Fan 1885-1895  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wedding Fan 1890 Tiffany & Co., 1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Some young ladies have a bad habit of biting their fingers, especially if they rejoice in handsome hands; and the same ladies, by way of variety, are prone to bite the corners of books, and the edges of closed fans." ~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

1890s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1900s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shell handle fan 1910  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Peacock feather fan 1915  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


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