STICKS, PARASOLS AND UMBRELLAS
Like costume items, walking sticks, parasols and umbrellas are essentially personal items that can tell you a lot about their original owners. Parasols and umbrellas are engineering marvels that can be wonderfully decorative and ornate, or as smart and practical as the day they were made.
STUNNING LATE VICTORIAN / EDWARDIAN CREAM AND GOLD SILK DAMASK PARASOL WITH DEEP LACE TRIM AND SHAPED WOOD HANDLE
The essence of opulence! This is a wonderful silk damask parasol with golden devoré flowers and a deep original lace trim. In amazing condition with original tassels and a wonderful shaped wooden handled and original top loop, the attention to detail in its creation means this is a fantastic quality piece. Naturally the 120 year old silk is starting to wear, the lining has some age spots and tears from the tension. The lace has some small repairs and a few areas of holes and one of the tassels has been reattached. Parasols were everyday items designed to match a lady's outfit and as such were vulnerable to wear and breakage, so finding them in this condition is unusual. With care this beautiful piece can be used for many years - it would make a wonderful costume piece in theatre or film or for a collector or restorer who can give it the attention it deserves. £175.
EARLY 20TH CENTURY HORN HANDLED UMBRELLA WITH SILVER-PLATED COLLAR AND ORIGINAL CANOPY
It's not easy to find antique umbrellas with their original canopy intact - but some of the early ones were so well made they don't blow inside out in the wind! This one is circa 1920s-30s with a horn crook shaped handle and a silver plated collar and inscribed with the initials of the original owner. It is starting to wear at the very top but its otherwise in excellent order. To be used in the rain it should be waxed as the original cotton cover is no longer waterproof. £50
PRETTY 1930S ORIENTAL STYLE BAMBOO PARASOL WITH PRINTED COTTON CANOPY
This is a beautiful 1930s parasol with an original bamboo frame and mechanism and printed cotton canopy of blue with pink flowers. The mechanism works fine but it doesn’t stay closed, I suspect due to a crack as shown in the photos. One small hole in the canopy but otherwise in great order. Has been displayed open for some time and makes a lovely decorative feature, as well as being perfectly usable for its true purpose! £45
EDWARDIAN/1920S HORN CROOK HANDLED WALKING CANES
An essential from the period, with a lovely crook handle made from horn circa 1910s-20s with a pretty silver plated collar. A more accessible price than solid silver versions and still does what is was made for perfectly! 35” - 36” tall. £45-£50 each
LATE EDWARDIAN-1920S CROOK HANDLED WALKING CANES WITH SILVER/SILVERPLATED ACCENTS
Invented in the late Victorian period the crook handled cane was an everyday staple by the 1920s-1930s. Currently the black example has an inscription from 1919 and the brown as a solid silver collar. Brown cane 34” tall with hallmarked silver collar;Black cane 36” tall with inscribed collar for 1919. 40-45 each