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Victorian Folding Parasol - Original Civil War Era

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Here is an original 1860's Civil War era folding parasol, with lovely carved wood and hook handle. The silk is shattered as shown, but the frame is all there and could easily be recovered.

Length of the parasol is 26" when unfolded, ribs measure 9 1/2", and there are 8 ribs. Frame is in good condition, but has some issues - there is a chip of wood missing off of the top finial (see photo 3). I believe that some black paint would cover that flaw easily enough. The parasol does not tilt, and there is no latch to lock the parasol when it is up, but it does stay up quite securely without it, so I don't believe that's a problem. There is also some wear to the locking mechanism, which again, black paint could easily restore. There is still plenty of life left in this lovely parasol.

The single most common 1860’s American parasol is a quite simple marquis (tilting) style with a folding handle. The cover is black, and it is lined most often in black; but sometimes in white, cream or pale pink. Earliest examples have very plain handles painted black with a ball, onion, lozenge, or plain hook at the end. As the era progressed, the handles became more ornate, often with intricate carving; but still covered in black.

Please see my other original Victorian accessories at http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriansentiments?section_id=7179692 I've got a great selection of original Victorian jewelry too!

Victorian Folding Parasol - Original Civil War Era


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: wood, silk
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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