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During the Civil War era, this demure hand-held accessory was used to convey messages more importantly than producing a breeze. We are aware of nineteen of the gestures and their meanings. To mention but a few; handle to lips begged a kiss, dropping meant friendship only, drawing across eyes expressed apology. An intriguing translation is included with each fan. A beautiful portrait of Victorian ladies is hand screened on fabric and trimmed with lace.