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I made a box as one of the finishing touches for the restoration of J & H Tracy parasol. I had a few photos of original nineteenth-century parasol boxes to use as reference (Alas, I’ve only seen three or four in the four or five years I’ve researched, their survival rate is vanishingly small.) and constructed the box using framing mat cardboard. After gluing the pieces together, the edges and corners were finished with strips of paper, to give it a neat, completed appearance. I lined the interior with pale pink tissue paper (it’s not really visible here, unfortunately.) as a nod to the pale-colored papers that became popular towards the end of the 1860s. 
I also used that Jay’s label I posted a while back.  I had to change the street numbers as they weren’t correct for the store for the period the parasol was made, and I had to correct a silly punctuation mistake I made.

I made a box as one of the finishing touches for the restoration of J & H Tracy parasol. I had a few photos of original nineteenth-century parasol boxes to use as reference (Alas, I’ve only seen three or four in the four or five years I’ve researched, their survival rate is vanishingly small.) and constructed the box using framing mat cardboard. After gluing the pieces together, the edges and corners were finished with strips of paper, to give it a neat, completed appearance. I lined the interior with pale pink tissue paper (it’s not really visible here, unfortunately.) as a nod to the pale-colored papers that became popular towards the end of the 1860s. 

I also used that Jay’s label I posted a while back.  I had to change the street numbers as they weren’t correct for the store for the period the parasol was made, and I had to correct a silly punctuation mistake I made.

— 3 years ago with 7 notes
#1869-1873  #Accessory  #J & H Tracy  #Parasol  #antique  #box  #graphic design  #label  #vintage  #restoration  #parasol restoration 
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.

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#Jay's  #London General Mourning Warehouse  #label  #photoshop  #restoration  #recreation  #conjectural recreation