Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Hope Jenvey, 1967
Not on view
The firm of Mark Cross was founded in 1845 as a saddle and harness maker, but shifted to luxury leather goods and accessories as the automobile began to replace the horse. Everything about this umbrella expresses high quality and refinement: the angled end of the elegantly simple crook handle, the exaggerated size and the curved shape of the rib tips, the ivory and gilt fittings, the silk cover with self-finished edge, and the smooth, slender mechanism. The final statement of its luxury status is the gold monogram mount on the handle.
Marking: Round plaque incised on handle: "Cross" And animal-head trademark or logo Monogram: "MJB"