1909 - lady in walking suit and umbrella - looks as if she has a lorgnette in her left hand.

1909 - lady in walking suit and umbrella - looks as if she has a lorgnette in her left hand.

Steampunk Black and Gold Parasol

Steampunk Black and Gold Parasol - A vintage umbrella, refurbished and embellished with yards of black and gold lace, trim, and beads.

Parasols in this era were often collapsible as this one is (the hinge is inside the black part of the handle). I love the black lace overlay... oh, I'm inspired to go convert my white modern parasol to something that looks like this!

Parasols in this era were often collapsible as this one is (the hinge is inside the black part of the handle). I love the black lace overlay... oh, I'm inspired to go convert my white modern parasol to something that looks like this!

Parasol  Fortis   Date: 1860–65 Culture: American Medium: silk, tortoiseshell, metal, wood

Parasol Fortis Date: 1860–65 Culture: American Medium: silk, tortoiseshell, metal, wood

Parasol  Stern Brothers, New York  (American, founded 1867)  Date: ca. 1870 Culture: American Medium: silk, wood, metal

Parasol Stern Brothers, New York (American, founded 1867) Date: ca. 1870 Culture: American Medium: silk, wood, metal

Parasol  Date: 1885 Culture: British (probably) Medium: silk, wood, metal Dimensions: 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm)  Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  Accession Number: 2009.300.2337

Parasol Date: 1885 Culture: British (probably) Medium: silk, wood, metal Dimensions: 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm) Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: 2009.300.2337

"1892 Doll" by Germaine Lecomte, made in 1949 as part of the Friendship Train. The inspiration for this dress came from a painting by Leon Bonnat (1833-1922).

"1892 Doll" by Germaine Lecomte, made in 1949 as part of the Friendship Train. The inspiration for this dress came from a painting by Leon Bonnat (1833-1922).

"Parasols, such as this, reached miniature sizes in the 1850s and 1860s. Coincidentally, the size of hats at this time was also small. This parasol was a frivolity which served no function but acted as an adornment around the head, serving the purpose of a large hat. This piece is special, for fewer parasols from this period exist in museums than from the 1870s onward."

"Parasols, such as this, reached miniature sizes in the 1850s and 1860s. Coincidentally, the size of hats at this time was also small. This parasol was a frivolity which served no function but acted as an adornment around the head, serving the purpose of a large hat. This piece is special, for fewer parasols from this period exist in museums than from the 1870s onward."

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