Silk parasol, European, 1850-59. This style of parasol is the ultimate in frivolity and fancifulness. The particularly special element is the lovely carved hand on the spike. Carriage parasols were ostensibly used to shade the wearer from the sun and they were initiated by Queen Victoria in the 1840s when riding in open carriages began. This parasol purportedly belonged to a member of the royal family of Austria during Franz-Joseph's reign (1830-1916), emperor of Austria from 1848-1916.
An American Mourning Fan, ca. Civil War Era 6"L The two sticks are clad in leather with brass tip at the ends, hinged at the top and opening the silk fan in a circular fashion, all in black, the ring at the tip would clip to the other stick to hold it open. Apprx. 9-1/4"L.