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Cockade fan: M.49-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Brisé, cockade fan, blades of shaped and pierced horn with applied steel sequins; guards of shaped and pierced horn with applied steel sequins. (19+2) Ribbon of cream coloured silk. Opera glass magnifier set in centre as rivet. Front: Each blade is decorated in the same way with sequins following the shapes and a pierced flower is inside the ribbon; above the ribbon there are serrated rosettes enclosing sequins set in a circle and a sequin in the centre. Back: undecorated. Guards: Both guards are decorated in the same way; the upper part is shaped and decorated like the blades and the handle has three graduated circular shapes, the bottom of which has a rosette.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


19th Century, Early#
Napoleon I
Circa 1805 - Circa 1810


Cockade fans open out into a circle so that the guards form long handles. They may be pleated or brisé. One of the two earliest surviving examples (in the Cathedral Treasury at Monza) is said to have belonged to the Lombard Queen Theodolinda in the 6th century.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( cream)
Blades+guards composed of steel sequins horn
Rivet composed of magnifying glass
Guards Length 15.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white label with red letters

  • Text: 'Royal Scottish Art and Ethnography Museum and '123'
  • Location: On the back of the front guard
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.49-1985
Primary reference Number: 117635
Old catalogue number: DR 5/70
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 28 February 2022 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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