Ol’ Swaphos may have gone over the edge this time. He just came into the trading post with a load of ladies’ folding fans. Each of these colorful Victorian type fans has an embroidered oriental design, and there are 7 different designs. So I asked him where he got them and he says he met 14 Chinese sisters, and each sister has 14 daughters, and each of the 14 daughters has 14 daughters, and all of them are making these fans for him to sell at the trading post. So that’s his story and he’s sticking to it! At least these fans are inexpensive, and since beautiful young coquettes no longer flirt from behind fans such as these, they do have possibilities as decorative wall hangings, either singly or in a grouping. Or, as you can see from the pictures, they also look nice displayed on a plate stand, but I’m sorry, you can’t have ours!
Actually, these fans are quite pretty. When fully extended they are 17" long x 9" tall. The spokes are dark brown plastic with gilded designs. The embroidered designs are attractive, colorful, and well executed. The problem is the fabric. It’s black mesh netting, and since you can see through it, you can also see, in direct light, the glue that attaches the fabric to the spokes, as well as an occasional stray glue mark. That clear glue reflects light and shines through the fabric. Someone needs to tell all these Chinese ladies to use an opaque fabric, not netting, for their fans! On the other hand, the glue didn’t reflect in the camera flash of our pictures, so maybe I’m being hyper-critical here. (I get that way when Ol’ Swaphos pulls one of these stunts!) At any rate, the obvious answer here is to display these fans on an interior wall or on a shelf out of direct sunlight, probably a good idea anyhow for preserving the lovely colors from fading.
So buy one or buy 14 or – oh heck, my head hurts – you do the math! I need to go yell at Ol’ Swaphos again! (Click on each picture to see a close-up of that fan.) Tell a friend.
$5.00 each includes free shipping anywhere in the USA.