Fan, Folding


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Fan, Folding


  • Open: 26.7 × 45.7 × 2.2cm (10 1/2 in. × 18 in. × 7/8 in.)
  • Closed: 26.7 × 3.2 × 2.5cm (10 1/2 in. × 1 1/4 in. × 1 in.)

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Physical Description

Folding hand fan with paper leaf and wood sticks. Sticks are possibly made of mahogany. Guard sticks and head have bone inlay in the edges. Something is handwritten in ink on the second stick from the left side when viewing the fan from the front. The front of the leaf has a printed design of three ballooning scenes embellished and colored with hand painting. The scenes show the flight of J.A.C. Charles and M.N. Robert from the Tuilleries, December 1, 1783. Fan shows balloon taking off, flying over the Tuileries Palace, and landing. Each scene is bordered with silver sequins. The reverse is printed with the music and four verses for 'Le Globe des Thuilleries, Où le Char Volant sur l'Air l'amitié vive et pure.'



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