London, South Kensington
28 October 2007
PRINCESS MARY'S FANS THREE FEATHER FANS
A large shell pink feather fan, the sticks tortoiseshell,--9.5in. (24cm) sticks, 28in. (71cm) fan; two further similar, the sticks bone or man-made; and a collection of feathers, some set as hair ornaments, all in a Duvelleroy of Paris box
H.R.H. Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood (1897-1965).
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Large ostrich feather fans were carried by debutants presented at court until the mid-20th century. These are of an archaic type probably used for court occasions, as they appear to date between 1900-1920.
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