Ashley and I have been shopping around for antique parasols for years, but until now we haven't found anything appropriate to either our limited budgets or the historically specific styles we needed. Then, out of the blue, about a month ago, I won two antique parasols on ebay in the space of a couple of days. It never rains, but it pours! I plan to re-cover both of them at some point in the (probably pretty distant) future, but before I start picking them apart, I wanted to document the details so that I can recreate their new covers as closely as possible.
The first parasol has a straight and smooth wooden handle and a metal mechanism. Its canopy is linen, I think (the dealer listed it as cotton, but it looks and feels more like linen to me), with a tiny single-row eyelet detail 4" up from the edge. As you can see from the photos, the canopy is in pretty bad condition; one panel has completely split and the others are very brittle, with lots of tiny holes and significant discoloration. A tassel once hung from the handle, but all that remains of it now is the cording.
My guess, based on the shape, the length and style of the handle and the canopy, is that this parasol dates to about 1900-1920ish. If anyone with more parasol knowledge than I can date this more specifically based on these pictures, I'd love to hear your input! :-)
The long tip of the parasol is embellished with a "rosette" sort of ruffle detail.
Inside, a scalloped disc protects the tips of the fabric panels from the mechanism.
Small round discs folded in half are sewn over the joints in an effort to prevent the fabric catching.
I've never re-covered a parasol before, so I plan to document the adventure thoroughly! Stay tuned for that!