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Hi, JamesBop - I can't help you with the plate, but the fan is fairly modern (1950s or newer). The leaf is machine-made lace, and the sticks are molded plastic made to resemble mother of pearl, embell...
Hello! This is an 18th century European fan, circa 1770s or 1780s. Though the leaf is heavily damaged, it looks like it could be an illustration of the bible story of Ruth meeting Boaz in the grain fi...
Hi, this is an Assuit shawl from Egypt. They've been made since the 1890s, but were very popular with Western tourists and fashionistas in the 1920s. They are still made today, but the vintage shawls...
According to Cynthia Fendel in her book "Novelty Hand Fans", patriotic photographic fans like these were popular in America during the Spanish American War (1898). Most of them had an American flag on...