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 boasts a unique style.
This extraordinary vintage parasol is perhaps one of the finest examples of 1930's elegance and design.
The shade immediately catches the eye; the top has a burst of blushy light pink which blends into a deep rose color creating a luxurious ombré finish.
It remains in fabulous condition exhibiting only a few spots of wear. A small matching ribbon with a button and loop clasp keep the pleats neat when the parasol is closed.
Each silver-colored stretcher and rib is in excellent condition, both aesthetically and functionally; there are almost no visible spots of wear. The runner and springs also function beautifully.
The finial (or "ferrule as they are called) at the top of the parasol is rendered in clear Lucite where you can see the tip of the wooden shaft inside.
The light tone of the wooden shaft complements the opulent reds and pinks of the shade perfectly, but it's the handle that really steals the show.
Made entirely of gorgeous Bakelite, the handle is red to the tip where it becomes the shade of translucent apple juice where you can see a perky red Bakelite flower inside.
A silky red flat cord runs through the handle, making the parasol easy and comfortable to carry.
We absolutely LOVE this parasol! In such extraordinary condition, it truly speaks to an era when, even in the summer sun, elegance ruled.
These make wonderful display pieces, especially if you have high ceilings. Open them and hand them from the wall and the splash of color and the shape make an amazing visual statement.
These are getting almost impossible to find in good condition. We have collected these for years and now, they are really hard to find.
They are beautiful and speak to a by-gone era.
Measurements: Diameter of shade when open: 30 ¼" Shaft is 18 ¾" long from top of handle to bottom of finial which measures 1 ¾" Handle measures 4 5/8" long and ¾" wide Total length of parasol: 24 ¾" Weight: Approx. 1 lb.