I found a beautiful old French fan box last week, French, made of cardboard, padded and covered with fabric, printed with the prettiest romantic vignetttes, dating to about 1880. Inside were some old feathers, but no fan. The feathers were incredible, tiny bright blue Jay feathers; I would have loved to have seen the fan to which they belonged... The vignette is framed with French cretonne from about the same date, a fabric mount for a small gilded picture frame.
The Vintage Bazaar in Frome this Saturday
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