Celluloid Fans

Celluloid fans have been a popular ladies purse accessory since the late 1800s and early 1900s. They are usually folding types, like most high fashion fans made before the 1900s and since. The Celluloid fan shown below is called a “Brise Folding Fan” (pronounced breeze). The term brisé means “broken” in French and they have been using this type of folding fan for many years. This a type of fan is made from flat overlapping blades or sticks that are die cut from Celluloid sheets. When opened the sticks overlap each other and a ribbon holds the sticks together.
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Vintage Celluloid Fans
Vintage Celluloid Fans

This Celluloid fan (see below) has its sticks decorated with richly colored paints of flowers and gold trim. This is a good example of a rare early 1900s folding Brise fan.
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Vintage Celluloid Fans
Vintage Celluloid Fans

Many Celluloid fans that had advertising were also highly decorated. This Celluloid fan was a “give away” from the Moxie Beverage Company of Bedford, New Hampshire. The Moxie Beverage Company produced a brand of carbonated beverage that was an early example of mass produced soft drinks in the United States. Advertising Celluloid Fans For Sale


Vintage Celluloid Fan
The Moxie Beverage Company – Celluloid Fan