Debutante fan

American (Massachusetts, Braintree)
George Keiswetter (American (born in Germany), worked mid-19th century), For Allen Fan Company (American, 1885–1910)

Object Place: Braintree, Massachusetts, USA


27 x 46 x 3 cm (10 5/8 x 18 1/8 x 1 3/16 in.) fan open

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk gauze, silk and cotton lace, pigment, metal spangles, ivory , brass, silk cord and tassel

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Debutant fan. Painted white stiff gauze leaf. Butterfly and bird surrounded by forget-me-nots and pink blossoms, painted by George Keiswetter; brass and steel sequins; machine-made lace inserts and borders. Carved ivory sticks with glit details. Ivory rings on rivet. White silk tassel depends from brass ring. White leather box with glit border on top, blue cardboard interior.


Carried by Mrs. Henry R. Macomber as queen of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1904.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection