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Umbrella

Manufacturer:
Mark W. Cross (American, 1845–1997)
Date:
ca. 1915
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, metal, wood, ivory, composition
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Hope Jenvey, 1967
Accession Number:
2009.300.3318
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"
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