Whether you call it a parasol, brolly, umbrella, or even a bumbershoot, this vintage beauty is a sure to be a favorite.
Bumbershoot is a colloquial term for umbrella, reportedly coined in the 19th century as a combo of the words umbrella and parachute. It is given to this style of "pagoda" shaped shades.
Dating from the 1950s, this gorgeous vintage parasol features the most dazzling springtime pattern of stylized roses and elegant leaves.
The colors are absolutely energetic: vivid shades of red and pink paired with brilliant olive greens.
Best of all, the shade is in fabulous condition, showing almost no stains or wear.
The silver-colored finial, stretchers, runner, springs, and shaft are all in excellent working condition and only show a bit of darkening and wear.
As you can see, the eye-catching Lucite handle complements the shade beautifully.
The handle is comprised of splendid clear Lucite in a simple, glamorous shape and, though it is slightly scratched, it remains in good condition exhibiting no cracks or breaks.
A silver-colored ball chain runs through the handle providing a nice loop for easy carrying.
There is a small tag on the interior of the shade which reads "N.Y. Umbrella, 2, 100% Acetate, Made in U.S.A.".
On the exterior of the shade is little ribbon and snap which keep the pleats in order when the umbrella is closed.
Acetate was invented in 1905 and was ultimately used as a fabric by 1924.
Overall, this sweet, darling parasol remains in excellent condition.
We think these make amazing decorating accents hung on a wall with the shade opened. The vibrant colors and shape lend to a great architectural piece in the right aesthetic.
This is a smile maker.
Measurements: Diameter of shade when open: 32 ¼" Shaft is 18 ½" from top of handle to bottom of finial which measures 3 ½", Lucite part is 4 1/8" long and 1 5/8" wide at bottom Total length of parasol: 27 ½" Weight: 1 lb.