A flirtatious and fashionable lace fan is a perfect addition for a Southern Belle’s ensemble!
A lace fan served more than one purpose! Not only was it used in a practical fashion to fan one’s self on a warm summer day, but it was also a flirtatious tool of communication to let a gentleman know of a certain lady’s intentions! Of course an essential accessory for a Southern Belle.
This 9” lace fan comes in black or white with a simple lace design that makes a perfect accent for Civil War Era costumes. Customers gave this fan a 4 Star Rating!
Red Lace Fan. This lace fan is made of plastic with gold trim and is a lovely touch to an 1860’s gown.
A proper pair of gloves as you hold your fan will give an elegant look to your Civil War costume!
The history of the fan is quite interesting. In the late 16th century simple bamboo and paper fans were introduced to Europe from the Far East. By the 17th century fans were being embellished with ivory, delicate carvings, and were being made of paper, silk, and even some lace. 16th and 17th century fans would most often be decorated with classical or biblical scenes.
During the 18th century machines began to be used to print designs for fans which meant fans could be produced at a lower cost and fans grew in popularity in all levels of society. The decoration of fans began to change in the late 1700’s to scenes depicting mythology or English gardens.
During the 19th century fans began to be produced by manufacturing companies and the detailed design and intricacies began to decrease as the demand for higher quantities increased. In the 1800’s machines now had the capability to do machine embroidery and engraving, although fan painting became a popular pastime for ladies during the Victorian Era.
Southern Belle Flirts With A Lace Fan Part 1
Southern Belle Flirts With A Lace Fan Part 2
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