Antique hand fans are one of many collector's items. It represents the past, a creation, an era, and a part of our history. Fans which are considered as antique should meet either one or the more of the following:
It has existed during the prehistoric times;
It was hand crafted and made by a very famous designer;
The design is very unique and are no longer made;
The materials used are very precious and rare;
Has been used by a very famous person; and/or
There is only one of it's kind in the whole world;
In particular fans that are consider antiques should have been crafted between 50 and 100 years ago. There are several types of antique fans that collectors are interested in. Let’s have a look at them:
The novelty hand fans – these are fans that could be used in games or as a toy. They are made to amuse and advertise, as well as to keep the body cool.
Fans from the Victorian Era – These are fans from the 18th to 19th century Europe. Much of the fans of this period are antique treasures. This is because of the unique design and the use of material such as lace, silk and precious metals and gemstones. Fans from this era represent a wonderful growth,
with new inventions and changing styles. Victorian era was a period to focus on the functional fashion accessory, the hand fan.
Advertising and promotional hand fans – These are one of it kind that is very rarely seen these days. Like the t-shirts, baseball caps and jerseys we see today, advertising and promotion was commonly found on hand fans. These advertising and promotion hand fans promoted every product of services imaginable; automotive, beverages (such as Coke-Cola), candies, perfumes, hotel insurance and medication were all cleverly displayed on the hand fans.
Other hand fans – these include anything that does not fall into the collector's categories above. These can include fans with precious painting on it, fans made from special craved wood, ivory, stones, feather, shells or glass and etc.
If you don't have the money to be a collector of antique fans, but is interested in seeing and knowing more about them, why not, visit the a museum. They usually have a large collection of fans from all different era to the present day. It is a great way to enjoy a day and get to know the rich culture and artistic history of the antique hand fans.