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    Thomas Jefferson: A Stunning Ladies Fan Bearing His 1801 Inaugural Date. Several varieties of these delicate fans depicting American presidents and Mexican war heroes from the 1840s are known. But, in light of this much older example and a 1797 dated George Washington fan which recently surfaced in collecting circles, they were apparently in vogue for some decades earlier.

    Far exceeding the production capabilities of the fledgling American nation, these fans were made in France. Owing to his years as a popular diplomat in Paris, Jefferson had a large French following and these fans were no doubt intended for both domestic and export markets. The hand-colored stippled engraved portrait is titled: "Thomas Jefferson President des Etats unis de L'amerique en 1801."

    Display items of any kind for our third president are rarely encountered and the inaugural date makes this fan particularly desirable. Condition is marvelous, especially remarkable in light of its fragile construction. Clearly one of the finest early presidential display items and one of the premier offerings in the Huston collection. Measures 14 1/2" x 10" [extended]. Currently archivally mounted to a cloth-covered backing. Selections from the Collection of Tom Charles Huston.

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    May, 2021
    15th Saturday
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