Antique Hand Fans
They are so beautiful and romantic. And European and Oriental. And southern.
Nine year old future Queen Mum, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, posing with fan during a dancing lesson at the ancestral Glamis Castle. Forfarshire, Scotland, 1909.
La Japonaise by Claude Monet - ArtinthePicture.com
19th century. The language of the fan was passed down from woman to woman. Each gesture of the hand contained a powerful hidden meaning. Fanning slowly meant, “I am married”, or, fanning quickly, “I am engaged.” Twirling her fan in the right hand meant, “I love another.” Or, if the young man was of interest as a friend rather than a suitor, she might drop the fan, which communicated, “We will be friends.” Then, by placing the fan behind with a finger extended meant, “Goodbye.”
A Cool Breeze - Fashionable Hand Fans
Pair of Early 1900s Bridge Tally Cards, Fans with Beautiful Ladies in Fancy Gowns from Ruby Lane