|Extant canopy on an 1870s parasol. The blue|
arrow indicates where the rib tip is. The fabric
is silk faille.
|Extant canopy from another 1870s parasol.|
The fabric is something like silk taffeta.
The first canopy has a tiny skirt, extending only about 1/2 inch past the tip of the rib. The second has a slightly longer skirt, about 3/4 inch past the rib top. On the first, the rib tips are wrapped with thread, which has kept them from punching through the canopy fabric (this was hard to photograph, because the lining is in the way). The second doesn't have anything on the rib tips, so they've worn through the fabric in a few spots.
|The second canopy, with the shredded top flipped out of the|
way. The blue arrow indicates where the rib ends.
The canopy extends down from there about 3/4 inches.