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omgthatdress:  Parasol ca. 1880-1890 via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Parasols were for show, carried as an accessory to complete a toilette. This example is fitted with a crook at top so it could be carried with the canopy down for a more elegant line than carrying it from the handle end. In addition, this shows off the tiers of feminine ruffles.”

omgthatdress: Parasol ca. 1880-1890 via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Parasols were for show, carried as an accessory to complete a toilette. This example is fitted with a crook at top so it could be carried with the canopy down for a more elegant line than carrying it from the handle end. In addition, this shows off the tiers of feminine ruffles.”

French Bone-Handled Silk Parasol for Poupee    8" (20 cm.) having carved bone handle and brass framework that allows the parasol to open and close,the parasol is fitted with original burgundy silk and a wide band of finely woven cotton lace. Excellent condition. French,circa 1875.

French Bone-Handled Silk Parasol for Poupee 8" (20 cm.) having carved bone handle and brass framework that allows the parasol to open and close,the parasol is fitted with original burgundy silk and a wide band of finely woven cotton lace. Excellent condition. French,circa 1875.

Chantilly lace parasol with carved ivory handle, 1860s. The aristocratic,  diminutive parasol features fine Chantilly lace, an intricately hand carved handle, and an unusual combination of two silk linings. The top lining layer, under the lace, is ivory silk taffeta. The under layer is a delightful (and surprising) pink hue. (top)

Chantilly lace parasol with carved ivory handle, 1860s. The aristocratic, diminutive parasol features fine Chantilly lace, an intricately hand carved handle, and an unusual combination of two silk linings. The top lining layer, under the lace, is ivory silk taffeta. The under layer is a delightful (and surprising) pink hue. (top)

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