Cuban with American leaf

Object Place: Havana, Cuba


Guard: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.); maximum open: 52.5 cm (20 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Paper leaf lithographed; carved and gilded metal sticks; mother-of-pearl; metallic threads

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Commemorative fan for Lincoln assassination. Narrow lithographed paper leaf. Obverse: medallion with Lincoln center, inscriptions above, below; flanked by putti on clouds, columns; inset Spanish songs, inscriptions to outsides. Reverse: five scenes from assassination, Monitor and Merrimac left, Richmond in flames right. Nine carved and gilded metal sticks with Mexican eagles on blades; daguerreotype portraits, names of American generals (obverse) and women of royal European families (reverse) applied to blades. Mother-of-pearl rings on rivet. White and gilt-silver tassels depends from gilt metal ring. Leaf and portraits probably printed in the US for Cuban fanmaker.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection