c.1898 little girl's silk parasol. At first glance it looks like a small 1860's parasol but its not. During the 1890's parasols became slimmer and longer, letting one use it as a walking stick. Because they were used as such, the handles became curved like a proper stick and the ferrule began to have a metal tip to prevent wear from the ground.
This one is only about 28" long and would be the perfect height for a little girl to use. It too has a curved handle and a metal tipped ferrule.
Forshadowing the Edwardian era, parasols began to be made in light airy looking silks and be very femininly decorated
. This one would have been a very expensive parasol for a child and it has metal ribs
which now how all parasols and umbrellas were made by this time.
(Formerly L. Hidic)