Telescopic parasol, ca 1870. Ebony handle with silver mounts; silk taffeta cover and habotai lining; deep Chantilly lace edging.
Attributed to Anthony G. Davis
This arrived today and it’s gorgeous, and much nicer than I expected (I was expecting a black-painted handle, but it’s actually - seriously - ebony. And for the first time, I have a telescoper in my collection!
On top of all this, it goes toward feeding this obsession I have with black lace right now - seriously I seem to be becoming overrun with antique black lace because I seem to be able to not get enough of it.