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Parasol

Manufacturer:
Fortis
Date:
1860–65
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, tortoiseshell, metal, wood
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Sidney W. Davidson, 1957
Accession Number:
2009.300.2451
Not on view
Carriage parasols were popularized by Queen Victoria in the 1840s and continued to be popular through the nineteenth century. They were distinguished for their size and carried as decorative accessories which served some function of shading the face from the sun, as close-fitting fashionable hats at that time did not. The claw and ball motif found on the handle was also a popular motif in furniture legs of the Queen Anne and Chippendale styles. It is a representation of a bird's claw grasping a ball and is thought to be derived from the Chinese dragon's claw holding a crystal ball or jewel.
Marking: Incised on runner: "Fortis(?)/Patented 481986?????"
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