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New Woburn or Bedford Gypsy Fan for 1805

Image attached to M.236-1985

An image of Folding fan. New Woburn or Bedford Gypsy Fan for 1805. Unknown maker, England. Front: The leaf is divided into five vertical panels. In the central panel, flanked by groups of 4 cards, there is an oval coloured print of a gypsy wearing a bonnet and holding a pack of cards, with below 'The New/WOBURN or BEDFORD/(GYPSY FAN)/for 1805', and above instructions for fortune telling. Running down the left side of the two panels on the left and the right of the two panels on the right are the suits of cards with the Kings at the top. Beside each card there is a statement about the character or future of the chooser of that card. The left, lower and right edges have borders of black zigzag painted pink. Reverse: Undecorated. Double paper leaf printed in black and painted in water-colours. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of wood (18+2). Brass ? rivet with bone or ivory washer. Length, guards, 18.8 cm, 1805.

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Folding fan. New Woburn or Bedford Gypsy Fan for 1805. Unknown maker, England. Front: The leaf is divided into five vertical panels. In the central panel, flanked by groups of 4 cards, there is an oval coloured print of a gypsy wearing a bonnet and holding a pack of cards, with below 'The New/WOBURN or BEDFORD/(GYPSY FAN)/for 1805', and above instructions for fortune telling. Running down the left side of the two panels on the left and the right of the two panels on the right are the suits of cards with the Kings at the top. Beside each card there is a statement about the character or future of the chooser of that card. The left, lower and right edges have borders of black zigzag painted pink. Reverse: Undecorated. Double paper leaf printed in black and painted in water-colours. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of wood (18+2). Brass ? rivet with bone or ivory washer. Length, guards, 18.8 cm, 1805.

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  • Accession Number: M.236-1985
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Photographer name: Image Library
  • Image height: 731 pixels
  • Image width: 1023 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 188.70kB

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19th Century _WF_AdOK _WF_KWD _WF_OPAC bonnet cards English fan fans Fitz_AA folding fan fortune teller fortune telling Georgian gipsies gipsy gypsies gypsy pack of cards painted paper playing cards Romany watercolour wood

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