Featured Chinese Fan Bone?

Discussion in 'Textiles, Needle Arts, Clothing' started by cxgirl, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Hi,
    I think this fan is made from bone but wanted to double check - it is 13" x 7 1/2", has yellowed quite a bit in spots, should I try and clean it?
    I'm not sure if this is Chinese or Japanese, any way to determine which it is?
    Any information appreciated.
    thanks for looking
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  2. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    looks right for bone..
     
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  4. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    it's bone alright. You can see all the flecks and grooves and channels where connective tissue used to grow. You'd never find that with ivory.

    If you want to polish or clean it, I have used Brasso with success, when it comes to cleaning/polishing antique ivory & bone.
     
  5. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Thank-you for the confirmation komokwa and Shangas!
     
  6. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    I hope so!
     
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  7. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    If not, it's the most legendary end to a lovers' tiff in history.
     
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  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is Chinese and pierced bone, 19th century.
    I wouldn't clean it, fan collectors don't mind a bit of history, and something this fragile could break. Or you could stain the ribbon, which looks perfect now.
     
  9. CheersDears

    CheersDears Well-Known Member

    I'm amazed it's that old. Bone, horn, ivory, early plastic, wood, composite ... any cheat sheets most welcome. But that is probably fodder for a different post altogether. It is a beautiful fan.
     
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  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The tiny 'scratches' on this part were channels for blood vessels, that means it is bone. Sometimes the channels show as very small black spots or stripes.
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  11. CheersDears

    CheersDears Well-Known Member

    A million more questions, but bedtime in Australia. xx
     
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  12. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    BRASSO??? EEk!!! I would never use Brasso on anything. Back in the bad old days on Feebay there was a guy who recommended Brasso for everything and I'm sure some of the people who used it ruined some fine antiques. No, no, no. Bone is made of a once-living creature. Imagine what it would do to your flesh and bone. You really don't want to use it on this fan. I'm sorry, Shangas, but I think this is wrong.

    http://www.antiques-art-collectibles.com/collectible/ivory_bone.html
     
  13. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Thank-you AJ! That was the section that made me think bone, things I learn from this board do sink in:)
    I won't be cleaning it Bev.
     
  14. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    Phew! It's quite lovely. I have a few old fans, but none like this.
     
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  15. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    Well the Brasso wasn't my idea. It was suggested to me once by a guy in an antique shop when I was asking how to clean residue off of some ivory. I can assure you I didn't come up with the idea myself. I'm sorry if I offended anyone.
     
  16. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Did you try it on your piece Shangas?
     
  17. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    I did. And it worked great. Mind you I used a ridiculously small amount.
     
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  18. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    good to know, thank-you:)
     
  19. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Isn't it amazing HOW MANY of us former eBay board members positively SHUDDER at the very mention of the word BRASSO?
     
  20. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    lol, that is what I was thinking:)
     
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