Antique French Lace Marquise Carriage Parasol
French “Marquise” type carriage parasol made of an ivory handle and a black Chantilly lace cover with a light cream coloured silk lining and interlining. The lace is worked with sprays of flowers. The finial is made of carved ivory. The parasol’s canopy can be tilted at an angle to provide more shade.
No respectable Victorian lady would have left the house without carrying a fashionable parasol.
This carriage parasol is of the “Marquise” type, i.e. its canopy can be positioned at an angle via a hinge in the shaft. Quite an ingenious design!
The parasol is made of a turned and carved ivory shaft/handle and a machine made black Chantilly lace cover with a light cream coloured silk lining and interlining. The lace is worked with sprays of flowers. The finial is made of carved ivory. The internal workings of this parasol are made of white painted steel.
The parasol measures ca. 13.75″ (35 cm) long when folded, ca. 24.5″ (62 cm) long when fully extended and ca. 18″ (46 cm) wide when fully open.
The parasol is in very good working/usable condition. However, the lace cover has a hole near the finial. This can be completely camouflaged by inserting a small piece if similar black lace. I also found a split in the interlining (only visible upon close inspection and a small bit of wear on the silk lining, as is to be expected.
IMPORTANT!!! Please note, that I used a rubber band to keep the parasol open, to avoid splitting/damaging the cover. A rubber band should always be used, particularly on parasols where the cover is still intact! Intact covers are just too rare to find these days.