Folding fan

after 1888
Friedman Sternheimer (late 19th century, 1888)

Object Place: New York, United States


30.2 x 19.2 x 4 cm (11 7/8 x 7 9/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed cotton leaf; wood handle, brass

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s folding fan. Black glazed cotton sheet (imitating leather) with embossed floral motif center, decorative borders. Folds in thirds longitudinally at two stiffeners. Sliding handle of wood, covered with the same material and provided with a top hook, secures the leaf when it is unfolded and the handle is extended. The patent was filed by Friedman Sternheimer in 1888. The slightly curved leaf is designed to fit comfortably into a man’s pocket.


Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection