Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Umbrella Collection

I have a Number One umbrella, for special occasions; a Number Two, which is used more often; and a country umbrella, which has a National Trust logo.

The Number One is manufactured by Swaine, Adeney and Brigg

It is a Prince of Wales Malacca umbrella, with a sterling silver nose-cap and collar. The collar displays an engraving of the Prince of Wales's feathers and Warrant. 

This umbrella is of solid construction and feels sturdy. Click on the image above to see intricate detail.

The Number Two is a lighter umbrella with a Whangee handle. This belonged to my father and I'm rather fond of it.

The country umbrella is considerably larger in size and canopy than the town umbrellas; heavier, too.

A fourth umbrella is broken and, consequently, no longer used. 

It was a gift from my late father, bought in Harrod's before Fayed got his hands on the store. 

This umbrella has an ebonized handle with a gold-plated nose-cap. I'm open to offers, though the canopy would require restoration! 

I might consider offering it for sale on an auction website at some future time.

First published in 2010.


Anonymous said...

Ever been to James Smith's in London? Lots of umbrellas, but really (perhaps unsurprisingly) a bit dull. I gave up buying good umbrellas long ago, given that I lose them with such frequency!


Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

In my early twenties when my father had an antiques shop just off Sloane Street he sent me off to buy an Umbrella. So off I popped to Swaine Adeney and Brigg up in Piccadilly and bought an expensive one. He was horrified and even worse I left it on a bus a few days later!!!

Anonymous said...

Very funny, Craig! I've had numerous similar incidents with umbrellas, scarves, gloves, hats, etc., etc., ad nauseum!

Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

Anonymous you may well laugh. The hat in the pic above was left in italy where the pic was taken :-)