This very long parasol with black tulle and white beading is stored in a vertical mount. A foam support steadies the parasol, and the runner and handspring inside naturally spring into place to hold the cover slightly open.
The handle is nested in a Tyvek-lined depression in the foam bed. The length of the handle is tied to foam blocks at two points.
A Tyvek cover is used for dust and light protection in open storage.
The black lace and silk parasol is held in a partially enclosed vertical mount.
The ferrule at the tip of the parasol is pressure fit into a small hole at the top of the box.
The runner, supported by foam, holds the fabric cover slightly open.
The ivory handle fits in the Tyvek-lined foam depression.
The vertical position of this short-handled embroidered parasol allows the two bands of fringe to hang straight down. The circular tray protects the parasol from contact with other objects and catches parts that become loose. A Mylar cover provides protection from dust.
A design sketch of the vertical mount above. The handle of the parasol rests in a cutout in the foam at the base of the tray.
A column of rag board, constructed in an X pattern, fits a C-shaped padded foam block. The block holds the runner in place and allows the parasol to rest in a slightly open position.
This parasol with its heavily beaded cover and tilting handle is too heavy to be held vertically. A completely horizontal position is also inappropriate due to the delicate surface and fringe work. As a result, this storage mount is designed to hold the parasol at a reclining angle.
The mount employs an angled polyethylene foam support that is covered in Tyvek to protect the handle and ferrule. A clear Mylar cone shields the cover while leaving the beadwork visible.
A horizontal mount provides support along the handle and ferrule. A clear Mylar cone is placed over the lace to hold the fabric cover in alignment and to protect the parasol from dust. Note that this parasol is stored in a dark cabinet, where Mylar is acceptable. Parasols stored in a lit environment would require light-proof covers.
The lace cover is held slightly open from the interior with a mat board “wheel”. The wheel has cutouts so the interior remains visible, limiting the need to open the parasol or remove the wheel.
A design sketch for the parasol pictured above.
This parasol has a broken handle, and its parts are supported separately within the corrugated board pallet.
The handle parts are nested in padded polyethylene foam depressions lined with Tyvek, while the cover and stretcher are supported at the remaining handle and ferrule.
A rag board wheel, fit inside at the runner, holds the cover slightly open. The cutouts allow access to the interior.
This fragile silk parasol, in very poor condition, is placed in a custom-shaped box of acid-free board.
To protect the fabric elements, the fringe has little contact with the supporting pads, resting softly in the box with space carved out beneath. The support is made of polyethylene foam and Tyvek, though additional polyester batting layers could be used under the Tyvek for a softer bed.
A sheet of PhotoTex paper is placed over the green silk as protection against light and dust.