Today's post is about an antique parasol frame I just acquired. I collect antique parasols and, well, let's just say I have a few. I bought this one because it has some unusual and unique features.
|Parasol frame, c. 1900-1910 (I think). The canopy is a dusty|
purple-grey color, and was probably originally just purple. The
canopy is detaching from the ribs, so it's not open all the way here.
The canopy has separated from the ribs in three or four spots, and is threatening to come off from several others, so I didn't open the frame all the way for these pics. Some mis-matched stitching indicates that someone once tried to reattach the canopy to the rib points. Besides the big tear you see here (more on that later), the fabric is in pretty good shape, showing some initial splitting in just two panels.
|The brass ribs are formed in a relatively modern fashion:|
hollowed out undersides, formed out of folded sheet metal.
Older ribs are made of solid rods.
|There's a tilt hinge!|
|There are several sets of numbers and letters imprinted on|
the handle and the handle's end caps.
|The large (and smushed) rosette attached to the handle.|
|The canopy fabric is probably very wrinkled taffeta.|
|The canopy unscrews from the handle...|
|...and then goes into the handle!|
The tear in the canopy is supports my conclusion.
|The tear in the canopy, probably cause by shoving the|
canopy into the handle.
|This is as far as it would go without forcing it.|