Sunday, August 25, 2013

Passion for Parasols!

I have a passion for parasols!
These handy contraptions were an integral part of Victorian and Edwardian ladies wardrobes.
Women of the past avoided extended time in the sun to preserve their delicate complexions.
The parasol protected porcelain skin from damage should a woman have to spend time in the outdoors.
This copper colored silk parasol (c. 1870s) has a new cover of lace.
Two black silk folding parasols, c.1860s.
The one to the left is a carriage parasol.
 Folding parasol extended.
 Carriage parasol (the silk is rather frayed) open.
 A carriage parasol can fold flat at the top to be used while in a carriage.
Kramer decided to check it out:).
 Close up of folding handle.
 Just slide the brass piece over the joint and, voila, the handle is held at full length.
 Silk parasol with lace trim and wood handle, late 19th century.
 Small muslin parasol with fancy handle (probably c. 1870s).
A lace doily covers the muslin.
 Close-up of handle.
 White work trim on a large parasol probably early 20th century.
 Size difference between the three parasols.
 Lace parasol, c. 1870s.

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  1. Good afternoon, Kim! I just came back from being out at some antique malls today and saw some LOVELY Victorian objects from furniture, clothing, jewels, PARASOLS!

    Thank you for coming by. BIG HUGS! Anita

  2. Just beautiful Kim..Always love still reading your great posts..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  3. Hi Kim,
    I just love parasols. Yours are all so pretty. I have some but they are not as old as yours, mine are probably early 1900's. I have pictured them on my blog before. Thanks for sharing all this great Victorian stuff, I can never see enough of it.
    Have a great week,

  4. Hi Kim,

    I love your pretty parasols and reading about all your Victorian treasures.
    Happy new week