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Commemorative fan with potraits of heroes of the Boer War: late 19th century

Commemorative fan with potraits of heroes of the Boer War: late 19th century
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Souvenir paper and fabric fan commemorating British military victories in the Anglo-Boer War, 1900-1902
Comprising fabric backed green paper leaves cut and printed in green, black, white and yellow to resemble pansies attached to green painted wooden sticks. On each paper leaf is mounted a black and white portrait of a British military hero, including General Roberts, Lord Kitchener and Baden-Powell At each end are drawings depicting 'a gentleman in khak' and 'the Handy-man.' The fan manufactured by Pullar's Dyeworks in Perth Scotland was designed to be reversible. If opened left to right it revealed the images of the heroes but, if opened right to left only the pansies are visible. First manufactured in 1900 the fan retailed at a price of 2/10d 2 shillings and 10 pence and was one of many souvenirs issued in response to patriotic fervour and public rejoicing at British victories in Mafeking, Kimberley and Ladysmith.
This example, interestingly made its way to South Africa and was presented to a British woman attending a dance held in a hotel in South Africa to celebrate British victory in the war She and her sister had travelled to South Africa to visit their brother who was fighting with the British forces.

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1899 AD - 1902 AD
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