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Fan

Artist: Maker unknown (Europe)

Date: 1900-1925
Medium: Ostrich feathers, ivorine
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 1/2 × 20in. (41.9 × 50.8cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H. Maldwyn Jones and Miss Elizabeth Jones
Object number: 81.32
Label Text
Although fans were becoming less popular in the twentieth century, ostrich-feather fans were a stylish accessory from the 1870s into the 1920s. Using imported ostrich feathers and newly-developed plastics, this fan reflects both the globalised trade of materials used in fashionable items and the development of new technologies available for the manufacture of consumer goods. With new plastics available, expensive materials like ivory could be imitated, making accessories like this fan accessible to a wider range of consumers.