Fan in box
Wood, silk, gilding, sequins, metal, mother of pearl
closed: 9 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1 in. ( 24.1 x 5.7 x 2.5 cm )
Fan with wooden guards and sticks with carved openwork and gilding; each stick with individually cut cloud-shaped beige silk leaf with applied metal sequins; metal handle with tassel; rivet with mother of pearl buttons.
In a letter dated April 1961, the donor explains that this fan was found during the Civil War period and given to her father, who later passed it on to her. She quotes from "The Battle of Port Royal, The First Union Victory of the Civil War": "'Plunder' was lying about begging us to pick it up. . . . My men brought me things continually. I took a sword and sash of some high officer, and a very pretty fan."
Gift of Mrs. Shelton E. Martin
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