In the previous post, I shared pictures of the first of two antique parasols I recently purchased on ebay with plans to recover them at some point. This is the second parasol, quite different from the other. Based on extant examples I've sorted through in several museum collections, I think this one dates to about 1880-1905. The dealer listed it as circa 1900, so that's pretty consistent with what I've found in my own research.
The unique feature of this parasol is the handle, which is twisted wood (I think). It is painted black and the paint has chipped in a couple of places, but nothing too significant and I'll probably choose to leave this original finish in place when I recover it.
The top half of the canopy is black silk; the bottom half is a black net that is overlaid with very wide black lace that hangs over the sides by about 7 inches. Both the silk and the lace have rotted considerably. When I purchased it based on the ebay listing pictures, I hoped I might be able to save the lace, but alas, it arrived in much worse condition than it appeared. Disappointing, to be sure, but it isn't a huge deal.
The long tip is surrounded by a tiny little lace ruffle gathered around it.
The interior details of this piece are similar to those of the first parasol. A small circular disc of fabric (it's hard to tell what it is because it's disintegrating as well) covers the joints of the mechanism.
We still haven't decided yet what kind of or what color fabric we'd like to use to recover these two pieces. Any ideas?! :-)