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November 17, 2011

Ivory brisé fan and case

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Ivory fan and case

Folding brisé fan made of ivory (brisé fans have individual blade or stick elements instead of a fan leaf). Its blades are attached at the head with a metal rivet. A white ribbon runs throughout and attaches the blades to each other. The accompanying ivory case has a purple lining and brass hinges. The fan belonged to Harriet Haynes, a St. Paul school teacher who may have carried it at a Fort Snelling ball given for General George Custer in the 1870s.

For more, view the fan in our online catalog.

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