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  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bone and whalebone, woven silk, metal and moulded and mounted brass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Parasol with a handle made from bone, cylindrical and decorated with incised lines. Cover made from pale pink silk with a woven border of yellow and green stripes at the handle and ferrule ends, and is cut in eight triangular panels which are seamed at each rib. When open it has a dome shape. The shaft is made from brassed tubing with a moulded design of semi-classical floral trails on the handle mount, the slider and the ferrule end. The ribs are of whalebone with bone tips, and the stays are of white metal with a horseshoe shaped hinge to the rib. It is held closed with two springs catches inserted in the brass ferule.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)


1820-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bone and whalebone, woven silk, metal and moulded and mounted brass


Length: 42 in, Width: 20 in

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1985/2350.

Historical context note

Comparative pieces in the Museum of London and in the Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Descriptive line

Silk parasol with a handle made from bone, possibly made in England or France, 1820-1830.

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

Farrell, J. Umbrellas and Parasols. Batsford Accessory Series, 1986.


Bone; Baleen; Silk (textile); Metal; Brass


Weaving; Moulded; Mounted

Subjects depicted

Stripes; Floral; Incised


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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