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  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    1800-1829 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Gertrude Jekyll

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Small parasol with a fully beaded cover depicting a twin-tailed mermaid or siren. The cover is edged with a silk fringe and lined with white silk covering the internal structure. The pole and handle are wood, with a metal ferrule and ring shaped nose cap, which might allow it to be worn on the finger or attached to a waistbelt.

Place of Origin



1800-1829 (made)


Length: 510 mm, Width: 100 mm Across widest part while closed, Circumference: 1020 mm Max. circumference when open

Object history note

Description from the acquisition register

Parasol, the cover composed of beads of opaque, transparent and translucent coloured glass, and gilt metal threaded upon white cotton; there is a cream-coloured fringe. The slender stick is of wood stained brown, with small circular loop and finial at either end of turned bone.

Hexagonal in shape. Each section has a winged demi-figure terminating in leafy scrolls. Slight wavy stem borders above and below.

Stick broken and repaired in Art Work Room

Descriptive line

Parasol with beaded cover, silk fringe, wood and steel frame; Italian, 1800-1829


Glass beads; Silk; Wood


Beading; Technique


Accessories; Myths & Legends; Fashion; Women's clothes; Textiles; Parasols & Umbrellas; Personal accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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