WheatonArts Victorian Handcooler Steel Blue.
This egg-shapped paperweight is handcrafted
in the Wheaton Arts Glass Studio. It is stamped on the bottom. Card Included. 2 1/2″ x 1 5/8″.
Appropriate dress was very important to women
of the early Victorian era. Every event, whether it
was a formal ball, a garden party, or a quiet
evening at home, required an acceptable costume
and matching accesories. A lady always made sure
she wore the right gown, apropriate hat, and suitable
gloves and parasol, and invariably kept at least
one hand cooler nearby.
Hand coolers were just what their name implied…dainty
glass eggs held by Victorian women to cool their
hands on a hot summer day. It would have
been considered a glaring social error to present
a sweaty palm to a guest or a potential beau. In an
age when medicine was still a fledgling science,
women also believed holding a hand cooler helped
ward off passing fevers. The eggs had an additional
utilitarian purpose as well…they could be used to
The dainty eggs which have become so collectable
in recent years, continue to be made in a variety of styles.
Some are transparent, but many are designed with internal
bubbles and twists of color, as well as with
millefiori canes, fruit and flowers.