Early 20th Century Child's wooden Hand Painted Fan
The folding hand fan originated in Asia and came to Europe in the 1500's. It was seen as exotic and very stylish and would have only been used by the very wealthiest of woman. By the 1800's fans had become very popular and would have been used for all occasions from parties to funerals. The fan was also used as a flirtatious form of communication - albeit very subtle.
A small hand painted example, with wooden stays and a fabric top.
Dimensions: 35cm by 18cm when open.