More Victorian era parasols

Posted Apr 2 2012, 8:21 pm

Parasols reached miniatrue sizes in the late 1850s and 1860s.  They were a frivolity which served no function but acted as an adornment around the bonneted head.  Parasol canopies echoed the skirt shape and tiered crinoline bands of the period, and like the flounces of the period, the fabric was woven à la disposition.

The folding parasol (this one in brown silk) was the single most common 1860’s American parasol made. And the ivory silk with black overlay would have been a very expensive parasol. It is unique in the quality of its materials and the quality of the handle. The runner and joint cover are both of ivory which is very rare, and the level of detail on the carving is exemplary, including the grains of the wood at the oval flat end of the stick. This 1869 black silk ruffled parasol is an early product produced by Stern Brothers which was established in 1867. The placement of the ruffles is very coquettish and shows a French influence, which the company, among others, undoubtedly popularized in New York. C.1855. A folding parasol with a maroon silk satin cover. Folding parasols were easy to carry and store when not in use. The stick on the maroon is made out of beautiful glossy brown wood and the ferrule is made out of ivory. The original tassle on the stick remains, and black silk fringe hangs dwon from around the ferrule and cover edge. The ribs are cane and metal. And the length should be no more than  28″.

The purple parasol is made of handmade bobbin Chantilly lace & named this after the city of Chantilly, France.  Though called Chantilly lace, most of the lace which bore this name were actually made in Bayeux, France and Geraardsbergen (now in Belgium).  Chantilly lace is known for its fine, abundant detailing, the pattern outlined in cordonnet (a flat untwisted strand) and were made of silk,the use of a half-and-whole stitch as a fill to achieve the effect of light and shadow in the pattern,which was generally of flowers.  All parasols during this time period were delicate, fragile & expensive (Metropolitan Museum).

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