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The Power of Love fan c.1780. Leather (kid) leaf; carved and pierced ivory guards (identical) with tortoiseshell inserts at base; carved and pierced ivory sticks (2 + 18). Guard length 27.5 cm. Purchased by Queen Mary, July 1916

This 18th Century fan has two small, eye-shaped holes so the lady carrying it could discreetly peek at what was happening without being seen. Fans sometimes had small mirrors pasted to the sticks so the lady holding it could spy on what was happening behind her.