The "old feather fans" locked in Stephen's mother's private drawer had been all the rage in the 1870s and 1880s. Stephen’s mother has held onto the fans that she possessed in her gay days before starting a family. (Stephen, like Joyce, was born in 1882.) 

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Late Victorian feather fan, displayed in Pitts Rivers Museum, Oxford. Source: www.prm.ox.ac.uk.

Edwardian traveling hat decorated with bird's wing. Source: www.petpeoplesplace.com.