fan — “When Mistress Bridget lost the handle of her,” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, ii. 2. 10 ; “brain him with his lady's fan,” 1 HENRY IV., ii. 3. 21. The fans used by ladies in Shakespeare's time consisted generally of ostrich or other feathers stuck into handles, which were sometimes very costly, being made of silver, gold, or ivory inlaid. “In the Sidney Papers, published by Collins, a fan is presented to Queen Elizabeth for a new-year's gift, the handle of which was studded with diamonds” (T. WARTON) .
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