Rare Victorian Trick Fan ‘Éventail à dislocation’


Very rare “Éventail à dislocation” Trick Fan made of brown tinted wooden sticks and rose pink and seafoam green silk ribbons arranged as interlocking panels. The fan appears normal when opened the correct way ( from left to right) and fall apart, if it is opened the wrong way (from right to left).



Origin: France

Date: ca. 1880

In 1878, a patent for this design for an Eventail à dislocation (Fall-Apart Fan) was filed in Paris by Théophile Heaulme-Fleury. It was granted in 1879.

The fan is made of gold painted, brown stained wooden sticks and rose pink and eau-de-nil (bluish green) coloured silk ribbons. The ribbons are attached alternately on pairs of sticks that make up the individual panels. The panels interlock when the fan is opened the correct way and fall apart, if it is opened the wrong way. The original matching rose pink carrying ribbon is still attached to the loop. This fan comes in its original cardboard box.

Length: 13.25″ (34.5 cm) Width: 25.5″ (65.5 cm)

Condition: Near perfect. I noticed a handful of very, very small age spots, that’s it!

The fan owes its condition to having been kept in its original box for the past 140 years. The box is in fair condition and very functional, but a previous owner used sticky tape to repair the corners of the lid.

This is one my favourite types of fan. It is pretty and a great novelty item.
Not only is this type of fan very, very scarce, but to find it in such great condition is extremely rare.