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  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1880s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, stained wood, incised silver, plaited silk and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss J. Thame

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Umbrella with a hallmarked silver expanded knob handle with an incised curvilinear design, a stained wood handle with silver washer and a black cotton cover with a label inside the apex. The tip is of stained black wood, the ribs of hollow section blackened metal, the tins of tortoiseshell and the catches are of blackened wire. There is a plaited black silk carrying loop and the cover can be caught with a black elastic tag, and with a metal loop and button to fasten.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


1880s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, stained wood, incised silver, plaited silk and metal

Marks and inscriptions

'The Acquagarde Unbreakable Tip'
Printed in gold on black on the glazed cotton label inside the apex of the cover

'W.W.' [with a silver hallmark]
Maker's mark with a silver hallmark on the rim of the handle, probably for Birmingham 1890


Length: 840 mm

Object history note

Registered File number 1986/1735.

Information from Donor:
Belonged to Miss Thame's mother (1875-1952) during her young womanhood, and always cherished as her 'best umbrella'. Miss Thame was a dressmaker.

Descriptive line

Umbrella with a black cotton cover, silver knob and wooden handle, made in Birmingham, 1880s


Cotton; Silk; Wood; Silver; Metal


Stained; Incised; Plaited


Accessories; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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