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A language of fans was created so messages could be sent without chaparones, fathers and even husbands finding out! The attached book is to symbolise a dance card, but instead holds the messages trapped inside the grids of each monture and the instructions of how to hold the fan to convey the message.

A Victorian Painted Fan Painted lithograph on paper, with applied gold to details, on natural wood frame with embedded mica dots, two sided and very elegant, 10-1/2"L.

Dance card with a magnifying glass. The front and back of the book are decorated with small medallion portraits of a man and a woman (unidentified). Late eighteenth century (Louis XVI?)

Napoleon and Josephine Fan Shaped Dance Card

Delicate 18th century violin-shaped dance card, made of Dresden china & ivory (in museum collection at Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris) ~ photo by fredpanassac, via Flickr [1st of two pins] A dance card or programme du bal is used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intends to dance each successive dance at a formal ball.

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Dance engagements card for 11 January 1887, showing a list of all the dances for the evening - valse, polka, lancers and quadrille; opposite each dance is a space to record the name of the partner for that dance.