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French Document Fan
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Probably made in France in the late 18th century, this folding fan is made of paper, rosewood, and ivory. The decorations include representations of French documents and money, a medallion of King Louis, and printed cornucopia and urns.
<BR>Women of that time used fans not only to create a small breeze to cool themselves, but also to communicate all manner of messages subtly by motion rather than speech.
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