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Parasol: ca. 1690-1710, with a deck of brocaded silk on a frame and stick with handle of wood, painted and gilded.

ephemeral-elegance: Chenille Trimmed Silk Brocade Parasol with Gilded Handle, ca. via Rijksmuseum

The parasol was a popular accessory during the 19th century, a period before the sun-tanned face became fashionable.  Many parasols were made of lace, and like this example, lined with a contrasting silk to show off the design of the lace and enhance its sun-shading properties.    The handle is made of elephant tusk ivory.


Parasol United Kingdom Linen, silk, composition ivory, machine made V&A Museum