London, South Kensington
16 February 2006
FAN DE SIECLE SIGNED BRUNS BOTH SIDES, AMERICAN PRESIDENTS AND POLITICIANS
a political fan advertising C. F. Welsh & Company, Leading bottler of High Grade Beers, Center Square, York, Pa., a fan the leaf a woodcut with full length portraits of Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) President 1889, William McKinley, President 1897, Chauncey DePew (1834-1928), John Sherman (1830-1870) Secretary of the Treasury for the Demorcatic party during the pyramid of corruption after the Civil War, Levi Morton, Vice-President for Benjamin Harrison. He had the honour of opening the Chicago World Fair on October 21 1892 when the President could not attend as his wife was terminally ill, Tom Reed, Speaker of the House, the verso with The White House, Columbia, a great eagle perched beside the United States Capitol Building in Washington, with bamboo sticks stamped Fan de Siecle Pat. Ap. 30. 1895 No. 538.277
Virginia Kent 1999, acquired at a local auction in York
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This is a Combined Toy and Fan, when the fan is only half opened and the centre folds folded back three further portraits are formed; the design was patented by Josiah Pierce.
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