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. 

 

BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN LADY'S UMBRELLA BY FOX UMBRELLAS WITH FAUX IVORY AND CERAMIC BALL HANDLE, ORIGINAL CANOPY

A rare survivor with the original canopy still intact! It has light wear and a little discolouration commensurate with the age but the frame and handle are in excellent working condition. The ceramic ball handle has a pretty printed scene and original wrist strap. £110

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SMART GENTLEMAN'S CROOK HANDLED BLACK UMBRELLA BY BRIGG LONDON

This smart umbrella, by one of the oldest makers of umbrellas in the country, was engraved with the initials of the original owner "K.G.C" and dates probably to the 1930s-40s - likely before 1943 when Brigg London became part of Swain Adeney Brigg. The wooden crook handle may have had a larger leather collar on the other side of the gilt metal band but this has worn away. A really good quality working brolly with an early nylon canopy so still effective against the rain! £85

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GLAMOROUS BLACK SILK VICTORIAN MOURNING PARASOL WITH LACE TRIM AND STRAIGHT EBONIZED WOODEN HANDLE

This lovely example of a black silk parasol is a Victorian mourning fashion classic.  Trimmed in lace and has a straight ebonized handle lightly carved with delicate detail which could date the style to a little earlier in the Victorian period. The interior silk lining is in decent condition, slight fraying in a few small places but the canopy is in good condition and the frame is a great shape. The lace edge has a few very small holes but otherwise in lovely condition. Excellent overall!  £125.

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GORGEOUS BLACK SILK LATE VICTORIAN MOURNING PARASOL WITH LACE TRIM AND PAINTED WOODEN CROOK HANDLE

The Victorians made mourning fashion more than just a social requirement, the mass of jewellery and accessories they produced meant that a woman could be smart and stylish even in her darkest hour. This lovely example of a black silk parasol is trimmed in lace and has a painted crook handle. The interior silk lining is tearing with age and could be replaced or simply removed but the canopy is in good condition, just a couple of small holes and has its original grosgrain bow. Excellent overall considering its venerable age! £165

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EDWARDIAN CHIFFON COVERED FLORAL PARASOL WITH WOODEN STEM AND BALL HANDLE

This is a stunning survivor! The canopy is silk overlaid with printed chiffon which has a few tears as you'd expect from the age so should be handled with care, but it does open fully. The smaller canopy so ideal for travelling in your open carriage or exciting new motor car! A solid wooden stem and ball handle is in great condition and gives it some stability. Owing to the handle and size of the canopy it could work for styling an earlier mid-Victorian period though the pattern and metal frame is later. £135

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GORGEOUS 1920S-30S PRINTED FLORAL UMBRELLA / PARASOL WITH WOODEN CROOK HANDLE

This is a lovely solid piece with a printed fabric canopy, metal frame and wooden crook handle. The canopy has green, lilac and beige flowers and has discolouration commensurate with age. Style wise this could carry you through from 1870s on wards but as the fabric is an early nylon it probably dates to 1920s or a little later. Superp overall condition!  £58

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UNUSUAL MID-CENTURY SNAKESKIN HANDLED VINTAGE UMBRELLA

This umbrella oozes style with a great shaped canopy and a rare snakeskin covered straight handle. The canopy is in great condition and made from nylon and it has its original plaited wrist loop. £55

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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

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GORGEOUS 1950S KENDALL RED AND TERRACOTTA UMBRELLA WITH CARVED LOOP HANDLE

The colours on this canopy are just sumptuous. Made by Kendall this is a great quality umbrella in superb condition with a charming rustic carved loop handle. Perfect for autumn colours - and autumn weather! £58

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EDWARDIAN STYLE PARAGON LADY’S UMBRELLA WITH PORCELAIN BALL HANDLE

Very much in the style of an Edwardian lady’s parasol umbrella, this is later as it is a good quality piece by Paragon. It was recovered in dark blue nylon which isn’t too shiny but will keep you dry and doesn’t detract from the style. The charming transfer printed ball handle definitely gives it a touch of class and it’s in overall excellent condition. £55 

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EDWARDIAN STYLE LADY’S UMBRELLA WITH SILVER PLATED HANDLE

This umbrella probably dates to the 1930s-40s when the use of nylon was in its infancy as this canopy looks to be original. It has some sun wear and the handle could be gently polished up but otherwise is in good overall condition. £45

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EBONIZED WALKING STICK WITH LARGE STERLING SILVER TOP HALLMARKED LONDON 1919

A lovely smart gentleman's cane with silver handle hallmarked for London 1919. The makers mark reads JA & C. The knob is in good condition with minor dings commensurate with use. Great solid stick with no warping but is missing the bottom finial. 35.5" (90cm) tall. £60

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EBONIZED WALKING STICK WITH LARGE ROUND STERLING SILVER TOP HALLMARKED LONDON 1922

A lovely smart gentleman's walking cane with silver handle hallmarked for London 1922 with makers mark CS. The knob is in good condition but has a large dent where it has been used to rap smartly on a door - clearly owned by a gentleman of presence! Great solid stick with no warping and complete with brass finial. 36" (91.5cm) tall. £65

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PRETTY EBONIZED WALKING STICK WITH SILVER TOP CHASED WITH SCROLL DETAIL

A lovely elegant walking cane with a small silver handle delicately chased with scroll and floral style detail. The knob is in good condition but has no hallmarks though I believe it to be silver rather than plated. The style would lend itself well to a lady as well as a gentleman as it is taller than most but not too flimsy. Complete with brass finial. 38" (97cm) tall. £65

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ORNATE SILVER TOPPED L SHAPE HANDLED MALACCA WALKING STICK

A beautiful statement walking cane with an ornate silver handle decorated with scrolls and acanthus style detail. The tip of the handle has clearly been used to knock on a few doors as it has dents but otherwise in great condition. The hallmarks are very worn but its just possible to make out part of the maker initials. The malacca wood has the darkened patina of many years use and its brass finial is missing. The slim style would lend itself well to a lady as well as a gentleman and this was clearly an expensive piece in its day! 36" (91.5cm) tall. £70

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WOODEN WALKING STICK WITH ORNATE SILVER PLATED TOP

A lovely solid cane with silver plated ornate embossed handle. The wood has visible knots and a few splits from dryness - the wood is unidentified but could be walnut. Great solid stick with no warping. 35" tall. £60

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DARK MALACCA WALKING STICK WITH HALLMARKED SILVER HANDLE

A quality solid malacca walking cane that has a darker patina likely due to age and use. The silver top has hallmarks that have been rubbed but you can just make our the Lions Head for London. Excellent overall condition, a slight bend to the shaft and the finial is a bit crushed from being lent on by a gent about town!  £60

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MALACCA WALKING STICK WITH SILVER PLATED HANDLE

A good solid malacca walking cane with a silver plated handle. The metal does have a split which has some sharp edges but is stable - would benefit from being replaced or repaired at some point, hence the low price! 35" tall. £40

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SMART EBONIZED WALKING STICK WITH STERLING SILVER HANDLE

A great quality smart cane for the gent about town! The handle is stamped "Sterling" and is in great condition, as is the brass tip. A few marks and scrapes to the shaft but otherwise in lovely useable condition. 33" tall £65

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EBONIZED WALKING STICK WITH SILVER METAL HANDLE

Slightly shorter than usual but it needs a new ferrule tip but still a charming character piece in good condition. 31” tall. £40

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SMART GENTLEMAN'S CROOK HANDLED WALKING CANE WITH IMITATION HORN HANDLE AND BRASS COLLAR

A very smart and well made walking cane made from an unusual patinated wood. The handle is likely resin to resemble horn but you can tell the quality from the beautifully made finial which is still in excellent condition. A very smart gentleman's accessory. £65

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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-£65 each

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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. £40-50 each

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WOODEN RUSTIC WALKING CANES AS LISTED

A staple for set dressing or action props - as well as totally usable for walking or hiking! Priced individually between £15-£25

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