Fan, ostrich feather / plastic, unknown maker, unknown origin, 1900-1924.

Made 1900-1924

This is an ostrich feather fan from about 1900 to 1924. The exotic beauty of ostrich feathers has been admired for centuries. They were first farmed in South Africa in 1826 and quickly became fashionable. White male plumes were a symbol of status in the aristocracy and graced headdresses and fans for court dress.

These naturally coloured brown and white feathers were harvested from a moulting female bird. The sticks of the fan are made of plastic. Brightly-coloured feather fans seen in the 1920...

Summary

A7471
Fan, ostrich feather / plastic, unknown maker, unknown origin, 1900-1924.

Large ostrich feather fan, transparent honey coloured plastic ribs and shaped guards. Mushroom coloured ostrich feathers shading from dark to light away from ribs. Fan, hand knotted mushroom waterfall fan. Schofield Collection.(LC). Large mushroom coloured ostrich feather fan shading from dark to light away from ribs. Transparent honey coloured plastic ribs and shaped guards.(OF).

Dimensions

1310 mm

Production

From blue file
1900-1924

Source

Gift of Anne Schofield, 1980
25 November, 1980

Cite this Object

Fan, ostrich feather / plastic, unknown maker, unknown origin, 1900-1924. 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 June 2017, <https://ma.as/191477>
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