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Central Floridian - photographer, illustrator, and (occasionally) very bad writer. This blog is mostly for my drawings and non-photographic-related creative-ish stuff.

Not exactly drawing, but this is a label I put together for my J & H Tracy parasol restoration project.
I rather accidentally came across a description from Cassell’s Household Guide of 1869 that describes the unique hinge mechanism of the Tracy parasol exactly, and it mentions that such a parasol was sold by Jay’s of Regent Street. The research snowballed, rather happily, and I created this label from many elements, to be the finishing touch on a box for the finished, restored parasol - constructed in the manner of original parasol storage boxes that have survived (I’ve seen about three in four years of regular eBay trawling.)
Jay’s, opened in 1841, was better known as The London General Mourning Warehouse, but because of space constraints, I went with the other name you see in some Jay’s advertisements from around the time the parasol was made, which is Jay’s London General Mourning Warehouse. The text was taken from Jay’s advertisements from the 1870s (I think the majority of the text is from an 1877 advertisement in Animal Products). The frame was taken from the medallion off the cover of the binding of a French world atlas from 1828. The style was plain and generic enough, I think, to work for 1869. The spirals were taken from ornamented map frontispieces from the 1840s and 60s. It’s not completely perfect, but I am pleased with it. It’s my hope that it looks convincing as an 1869 label.

Not exactly drawing, but this is a label I put together for my J & H Tracy parasol restoration project.

I rather accidentally came across a description from Cassell’s Household Guide of 1869 that describes the unique hinge mechanism of the Tracy parasol exactly, and it mentions that such a parasol was sold by Jay’s of Regent Street. The research snowballed, rather happily, and I created this label from many elements, to be the finishing touch on a box for the finished, restored parasol - constructed in the manner of original parasol storage boxes that have survived (I’ve seen about three in four years of regular eBay trawling.)

Jay’s, opened in 1841, was better known as The London General Mourning Warehouse, but because of space constraints, I went with the other name you see in some Jay’s advertisements from around the time the parasol was made, which is Jay’s London General Mourning Warehouse. The text was taken from Jay’s advertisements from the 1870s (I think the majority of the text is from an 1877 advertisement in Animal Products). The frame was taken from the medallion off the cover of the binding of a French world atlas from 1828. The style was plain and generic enough, I think, to work for 1869. The spirals were taken from ornamented map frontispieces from the 1840s and 60s. It’s not completely perfect, but I am pleased with it. It’s my hope that it looks convincing as an 1869 label.

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