Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Randolph H. Nexsen, 1944
Not on view
Umbrellas and parasols had become established fashion accessories in the 18th century. Inherent stress on the materials along with age-related deterioration has meant that few early examples survive. This comparatively sturdy umbrella features a carefully thought out design incorporating a decorative border stripe. Expensive materials were often used in the handle to help transcend the functional quality and add a touch of luxury and refinement.