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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.

Umbrella, silk, wood, metal, ivory, leather, American

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