When in doubt, post a doodle of a parasol. This one is one I’ve been working on restoring for a while now - an unusual little carriage parasol, ca. 1869. I keep saving up the money to buy the ribbed (expensive) taffeta to match the original silk, but every time I’m about to buy it - I somehow end up spending the money on something else. Harumph.
I worked on it a little today in fact, sanding the first coat of new period-correct - and slightly toxic lead-imbued flake white paint on the disassembled wooden handle. I still have some sanding to do on it yet before I’m happy with the even-ness of the first coat, but after a while, it should be ready for what should be a finish coat of flake white.
(I abhor refinishing, BTW, but in this case, a repair made it unavoidable, so I’m going to do this right - despite people looking at me with eight heads when I say I DON’T want to just polyurethane the handle and be done with it.)
Anyways - this little drawing is what the finished restoration SHOULD look like - basically identical to the original - down to the scalloped pinking on the edges of the cover panels. (I have a reproduction scalloped pinker - in the same width as the original pinking on the cover.) The pinking isn’t really visible here, as the remounted original Bedfordshire-Maltese bobbin lace, which is really beautiful, covers it up.
AAAAND also - my evening got taken up cleaning out the fridge. It was gross. And a lot of work. Now to just flollop on the couch a little.