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  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1810-1811 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Creak, George (silversmith)
    Weeks, Thomas (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk trimmed with fringe, steel, silver, paper, morocco leather and hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Coral Samuel Charitable Trust

  • Museum number:

    T.4 to D-1987

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA18 []

An ingenious telescoping handle features on this parasol, heralding the folding compact umbrellas of the 20th century. The slender silver handle is made in five sections, each slightly smaller in diameter so that they slide inside each other when the parasol is not in use. Hallmarks and inscriptions on the handle indicate the partnership behind the parasol’s manufacture. The handle was made by the London goldsmith George Creak and the rest of the parasol by Thomas Weeks. Weeks sold his finished products in a commercial establishment known as ‘Weeks’s Royal Mechanical Museum’ on Tichborne Street. This rather official title appears to be a purely commercial establishment; there is no evidence of royal patronage and items were for sale, rather than collection. George Creek (or possibly George Collins – their maker’s marks are similar) made other telescoping items for Weeks’s ‘museum’, including a telescoping toasting fork.

Physical description

Folding parasol with case and instructions.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


1810-1811 (made)


Creak, George (silversmith)
Weeks, Thomas (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk trimmed with fringe, steel, silver, paper, morocco leather and hand-sewn

Object history note

Registered File number 1987/68.
Made for and sold at Weeks's Royal Mechancial Museum, 46 Tichborne Street, London. The Museum was started in the late 18th century by Thomas Weeks as a successor to Cox's Museum in Spring Gardens.

Descriptive line

Folding parasol with case and instructions, made by Thomas Weeks and silver by George Creak, probably London, 1810-1811

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Farrell, J. Umbrellas and Parasols. Batsford Accessory Series, 1985
La Belle Assemblée, November 1910.
Ackermann's Repository, 1810


Steel; Sterling silver; Silk (textile); Paper; Morocco leather


Hand sewing


Accessories; Fashion; Leather; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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