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This white handled Victorian parasol has a very unique feature. There is a small round threaded knob at the base of the handle that unscrews. Part of the handle is hollow which allows the user to place a cotton ball or cloth scented with perfume or an aromatic substance inside and secured. Notice the design on the lower part of the handle which has small holes allowing the aroma to be enjoyed. Vinaigrettes were an essential item in the 18th thru the 19th century to counteract the offensive smells one encountered while walking the streets of cities and towns. The parasol has its original beautiful black lace covering on the outside which is in excellent condition. Underneath is its original pink silk liner which has frayed over time. The parasol opens and closes easily. The locking mechanism that holds the umbrella open also works. The parasol has a decoratively carved finial and its original silk tassel. What a wonderful piece of early Victoriana. 26"h x 4"-20"w X 4"-20"d, Condition: Very Good, Circa: 1860's.
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