For centuries, sensible ladies the world over have shielded themselves from the sun's rays with the convenient usage of a parasol.
From the Latin "to block the sun," in addition to being a highly functional object, the parasol became a fashion statement all its own.
Their handles and shades were made with all manner of materials and every decade was characterized by a unique style.
Typically, parasols have no "hook" on the end, but depending on the fabric umbrellas were used for rain repellent, and parasols with a straight end were to block the sun.
Fair, dresden skin was the look for the affluent to distinguish them from the "working class."
So whether you call it a parasol, brolly, umbrella, or even a bumbershoot, this vintage beauty is a sure to be a favorite!
Parasols in the elegant "pagoda"-style like this one were all the rage in the 1930s and '40s.
This one has the most gorgeous salmon pink shade boasting tiny strips of silver and gold-colored thread making it sparkle in the sunlight.
The stretchers, finial or "ferrule", ribs, tips and shaft are all silver-colored metal and, aside from some minor aesthetic wear, remain in great functional condition.
The handle consists of a pretty pink piece of Lucite and ends with a silver-colored crook which has been finished with a dazzling, fluted texture.
A lovely peach colored cord is knotted around the handle, culminating in a loop for carrying on one side and a red tassel on the other. Both the upper and lower springs work perfectly!
A ribbon with tiny snaps holds the pleats in place when the parasol is collapsed. Though some areas of darkening can be seen on the hardware and the shade has dulled somewhat over time and shows some minor stains, we're so happy to say that this parasol remains in great vintage condition!
Measurements: Diameter of shade when open is 30 ½" Shaft is 18 ½" to bottom of ferrule which measures 3 ¾" Total length of handle is 9 ¾", pink part is 5 ¼"long , silver colored part is 4 ½" long and 3 ¼" wide to crook Total length: 34 ¼" Weight: 1 lb.
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