Title: Whalebone fan in leather case, before 1862 |
Accession Number: 2007.12.2
Category: CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES - ACCESSORY
Maker: Dennison Mfg. Co
Date: before 1862
Materials: leather; bone; paint; cloth; sequins
Description: Fan; Whalebone fan in leather case, before 1862; from the collection of George Elliott (1810-1862); folding hand fan, made of carved whalebone; painted on folds of fan are flowers, with elaborate floral design in silver sequins along the top; each slat is carved with vine-like designs, with more elaborate carvings on either end slat; at the pivoting point where all slats meet is a small handle; tied around the handle is a silk ribbon and a small tag; handwritten on the tag is "Believe this fan/ was made of whale-/ bone and given to great-grandma/ by gr. grandpa"; printed around hole on tage "DENNISON MFG. CO. USA"; fan came in a brown leather case; case is in two parts, with one fitting over the other; imprinted on one side of the smaller piece is "75 X"; imprinted on one side of the larger piece is an image of the state seal of Massachusetts; printed as part of this image is "ENSE PETIT PLACIDAN SUB LIBERTATE QUIETEM", which translates from Latin to be "By the sword it seeks peace [but only] under liberty"; in corner of seal, the trademark symbol for a company with the initials "JJW" has been placed in the upper lefthand corner; back of larger piece is imprinted with the same symbol for "JJW", with "TRADE MARK" printed above it.
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