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Object ID # 1957.001.006
Object Name Fan, Hand
Title Painted Peacock Feather Hand Fan
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century?
Made Unknown
Description One folding hand fan with wooden spines (pierced ribs) and white ostrich feathers with blue, gold, green peacock feather tips for the fan. The points of the spines are stuck into the hollows of the feather quills. On the spines (ribs) are voids in four different symbols.
On the white part of the feathers (one side only) is painted two Asian (Chinese?) people - one standing person is holding a fan, the other seated person is holding a baby? wrapped in yellow. All around this scene are red, green and navy blue florals. A green tassel is hanging off the of metal clip that holds the spines together at the end a woman would hold.
Provenance Previously owned by Kate Andrew (b. 1872-d. 1971) who was the only daughter of Captain James Andrew and his wife Sarah (nee McKechnie). She had five brothers: David, Arthur, Donald, Fred and John. There is a c. 1890 family group photograph (see 1965.046.006). A group photograph from the 1890s also includes Miss Andrew (1975.077.012).

In addition to living in Owen Sound, Ontario,she lived at different times at Wyoming, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Labrador. Miss Andrew died on December 17, 1971 at the age of 100.

Miss Andrew taught English to Mr. Soon Lee, who was Chinese, at Owen Sound, and that is why she received some Chinese artifacts that are now at the museum (e.g. coin sword).

There is an early 1890s photograph (1963.007.002) of Miss Andrew shown with one of her Owen Sound school classes (Strathcona school's predecessor) when she was a young teacher. When she was 18 years old, she graduated from the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute and accepted a teaching position at Chatsworth. She went back to school and then she taught for approximately 50 years.

She had attended the Ontario College of Art, and after her retirement, she taught painting.

Collection Personal Gear
Material Wood/Feather/Paint/Silk/Cord & Tassel/Brass
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Andrew, Kate