Antique Victorian Lace Parasol by Lewis & Allenby

200.00

French and/or English carriage parasol made of a black Chantilly lace cover with a light cream coloured silk lining and interlining. The lace is worked with sprays of flowers. Made by or for the London silk mercer Lewis and Allenby.

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Origin: England and France

Date: 1860s

No respectable Victorian lady would have left the house without carrying a fashionable parasol.

This carriage parasol was made in France and/or England for the London silk merchant and ladies’ clothing retailer “Lewis & Allenby”.  The parasol is made of a handle that is carved to resemble the knots on wood, a wooden upper shaft 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 carved finial has a matching black and light cream coloured silk tassel attached. The internal workings of this parasol are made of black painted steel. The brass slider is embossed with “Lewis & Allenby”

Lewis and Allenby were founded in the 1820s, based in London and considered a high-end silk manufacturer and ladies clothing retailer. They exhibited their silks and other textile pieces at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

The parasol measures ca. 13.75″ (35 cm) long when folded, ca. 25.5″ (65 cm) long when fully extended and ca. 17.5″ (45 cm) wide when fully open.

The parasol is in very good working/usable condition. The lace cover is in great condition. All I could find wrong with it are two very small holes. The interlining is perfect, but unfortunately, it has a few orange stains (see photos), as does the lining. There is also a small tear in the lining (see photo).

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.