C.1881. Made of very heavy black silk satin with Chantilly lace flounces all around it. The parasol cover is lined in red cotton and it was fashionable to line your parasol in a striking color. The stick is very thick, as was common during the 1880's until parasols became slimmer in the 1890's when they started to be used as walking sticks. Ignore my ugly face in the picture (I was heavily pregnant and suffered horrible morning sickness, hence the disturbed looking face!) but I am wearing a C.1885 dolman with the parasol. Its a mourning dolman. Someone had put crape all over the fur on it so it could be used for mourning. The shoulders measure 15", bust 42", waist is variable as there are ties in it.
(Formerly L. Hidic)