Eighteen of the most favourite new country dances

Paper fan

An engraved sheet folded and mounted on wooden sticks secured with brass and bone hardware to form a fan, probably designed as a portable aide-memoire, includes musical scores for eighteen dances as well as directions for the dance steps — e.g., “The 2nd Lady Lead round the 2d. Gent, the Gent. Do the Same, Lead Down the middle up again Cast off. Pousete” is given for the Duke of Clarence’s Fancy. The decorative border is hand-colored in pink. On the verso is a sheet decorated with a small emblem with musical instruments and notations.

  • Title: Eighteen of the most favourite new country dances [graphic].
  • Publication: [Edinburgh?] : [publisher not identified], [not before 1791]

Catalog Record 

792.00.00.106 Object Room

Acquired December 2018

Heraldic fan leaf

Paper fan with heraldry symbols

A heraldic fan leaf, a quick ready reference designed to interpret the status of British royalty and nobility with reasonable accuracy. Presumably the fan was intended as an accessory at the theatre, pleasure gardens and and other social events. The outer row contain heraldic charges beneath which are the crowns the Prince of Wales and various lesser crowned nobility; next are ‘Distinction of Houses’ and examples of ‘Knight of the Garter’ and ‘Commoner & his Lady’; next are ‘Points of Escutcheon’, ‘Metals & Colours’, ‘Furrs’ interspersed with how to distinguish a Bishop from and a Baronet and lastly there is a row of division of the field, very helpfully distinguishing between those men who have had 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 wives and and an heiress and possibly the future number 8.

  • Printmaker: Ovenden, T., active 1790-1813, printmaker.
  • Title: [Heraldic fan leaf] [graphic] / Ovenden sculpt.,Butcher Row.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. as the act directs Feby. 11, 1792, by F. Martin & Co., [11 February 1792]
  • Distribution: [London] : Sold by Sarah Ashton, Fan Maker, No. 28 Little

Catalog Record

792.02.11.01+

Acquired September 2018

Rules of faro

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A print with the rules of the card game Faro engraved with decorative motifs across top edge. The print has been mounted on sticks of bone to form a fan.

  • TitleRules of faro [graphic] = Regles du pharaon.
  • Publication[London] : Published according to act by J. Cock and J.P. Crowder, Wood Street, London, April 20th, 1792.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

792.04.20.01 Object Room

Acquired January 2016