We are pleased to present this extraordinary Victorian mourning parasol.
This beauty dates from the 1870s and features a lush crepe shade in dramatic black with a long silk fringe along the edge.
In the Victorian era, it was customary for a widow to endure no less than a year of formal mourning.
This included wearing black, and nothing but black. Therefore, as a lady of taste was never without a parasol, it stood to reason that during her time of mourning these would need to be black as well.
Typical of the era, the shade is quite small. The silk shade features a monochrome pattern of oak leaves around the bottom.
This leads the eye downward to the long black fringe that adorns the entire edge of the shade.
By the early 1870's, fringe had been replaced by ruffles.
There is some fringe around the ferrule where the black silk gathers at the top of the shade. The ferrule very pretty; it is carved from a single piece of bone.
A small brown cord wraps around the shade to keep it closed and has a unique nesting clasp.
As you can see, the hand-carved handle is a rich shade of brown and has a semi-glossy finish. The handle and shaft are separated by a sturdy brass tube which is slightly oxidized.
We are thrilled to say that the metals ribs, runners and stretchers are in excellent working condition. The interior shows some cosmetic wear though it still expands nicely and stays perfectly in place.
Overall, this parasol remains in remarkable antique condition.
It's a real collector's dream and not be missed!
28 ¼" total length, 1 3/8" tall ferrule, 11" outer rib, 4 1/2" inner rib, 26" stick, 1 1/4" handle, 6" long fringing, 8 3/4" tie, 28 1/4" long total, 3" wide when closed
Weight: 7 oz.
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