Fan, Indian, 19th or early 20th century, 18.5 x 37 cm (7 5/16 x 14 9/16 in.), Oldham Collection, 1976.467.

Individual trays like this one, slightly larger than the fan, are made of double layer archival corrugated board and padded with a sheet of 1/8” Volara covered in cotton or silk knit. In this case, the fan is also inset into the padded mount as a precaution to capture any parts that might become dislodged in the future. The walls can be built up around the fan using polyester batting, or depressions can be cut out in the foam and sewn in place with cotton bookbinder twine. An additional barrier of PhotoTex paper, Remay, or Tyvek can be used to prevent rough materials from catching on knit surfaces.

from left: Fan, Indian, 19th or early 20th century, 18.5 x 37 cm (7 5/16 x 14 9/16 in.), Oldham Collection, 1976.467; Fan, Indian, 1975, Feathers, 27.5 x 33.5 cm (10 13/16 x 13 3/16 in.), Oldham Collection, 1976.496; Hand fire screen, American (New England), 18th century, Wool yarns embroidered on linen, 26.4 x 27.7 cm, Gift of Miss Mary Nightingale Phillips, 41.778; Fan, American, second half of 19th century, Silk, wood, gilt metal, silk cord and tassels, 32.5 x 17.2 x 1.7 cm (12 13/16 x 6 3/4 x 11/16 in.), Gift of Miss Gertrude H. Shurtleff, 54.1012.

The custom sizing of these mounts makes it possible to fit more fans closely in limited drawer space. Each fan is secured to its mount with cotton twill tying tape, making it safe for the fans to be handled and moved by their mounts.

Friedman Sternheimer (late 19th century, 1888), Fan, after 1888, Glazed cotton leaf; wood handle, brass, 30.2 x 19.2 x 4 cm (11 7/8 x 7 9/16 x 1 9/16 in.), Oldham Collection, 1976.376.

This silk-covered board is padded with polyester batting to match and support the arch of the hand screen.

Friedman Sternheimer (late 19th century, 1888), Fan, after 1888, Glazed cotton leaf; wood handle, brass, 30.2 x 19.2 x 4 cm (11 7/8 x 7 9/16 x 1 9/16 in.), Oldham Collection, 1976.376.

Attached to the mount at the handle, the hand screen can be moved by lifting the mount, which eliminates the need for direct contact.

Fan, probably French, used in America, mid 19th century, Feathers, mother-of-pearl, cotton plain weave, silk satin, bamboo, metal, 30.5 x 20.3 cm (12 x 8 in.), Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, 49.999.

The Coroplast box used for this fixed fan is made to be deep enough to accommodate the full volume of the feathers.

Fan, probably French, used in America, mid 19th century, Feathers, mother-of-pearl, cotton plain weave, silk satin, bamboo, metal, 30.5 x 20.3 cm (12 x 8 in.), Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, 49.999.

The handle is tied with twill tape to the foam block support.