Parasol, Probably American, about 1910, Silk, 108 cm (42 1/2 in.), Gift in memory of Natalie Brown (née Dresser), Mrs. John Nicholas Brown, Senior, 1987.347.

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.

Parasol, Probably American, about 1910, Silk, 108 cm (42 1/2 in.), Gift in memory of Natalie Brown (née Dresser), Mrs. John Nicholas Brown, Senior, 1987.347.

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.

Parasol, Probably American, about 1910, Silk, 108 cm (42 1/2 in.), Gift in memory of Natalie Brown (née Dresser), Mrs. John Nicholas Brown, Senior, 1987.347.

A Tyvek cover is used for dust and light protection in open storage.

Parasol, American, 1875–1900, Silk; Satin, 50.5 x 73 cm (19 7/8 x 28 3/4 in.), Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman, 1979.251.

The black lace and silk parasol is held in a partially enclosed vertical mount.

Parasol, American, 1875–1900, Silk; Satin, 50.5 x 73 cm (19 7/8 x 28 3/4 in.), Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman, 1979.251.

The ferrule at the tip of the parasol is pressure fit into a small hole at the top of the box.

Parasol, American, 1875–1900, Silk; Satin, 50.5 x 73 cm (19 7/8 x 28 3/4 in.), Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman, 1979.251.

The runner, supported by foam, holds the fabric cover slightly open.

Parasol, American, 1875–1900, Silk; Satin, 50.5 x 73 cm (19 7/8 x 28 3/4 in.), Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman, 1979.251.

The ivory handle fits in the Tyvek-lined foam depression.

Parasol, French, 1855–58, Silk taffeta ground with polychrome figured, cut, and uncut velvet; silk fringe, Overall: 62.5cm (24 5/8in.), Gift of Mrs. Louis A. Frothingham, 50.2683.

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.

Parasol, French, 1855–58, Silk taffeta ground with polychrome figured, cut, and uncut velvet; silk fringe, Overall: 62.5cm (24 5/8in.), Gift of Mrs. Louis A. Frothingham, 50.2683.

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.

Parasol, French, Beadwork, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, 43.2445.

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.

Parasol, French, Beadwork, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, 43.2445.

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.

White lace parasol, French, about 1872, Silk; Lace, satin, 64.5 cm (25 3/8 in.), Gift of the Family of the late Mrs. Thomas Motley, 47.1375.

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.

White lace parasol, French, about 1872, Silk; Lace, satin, 64.5 cm (25 3/8 in.), Gift of the Family of the late Mrs. Thomas Motley, 47.1375.

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.

Parasol in three parts, French, Velvet, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, 43.1236a-c.

This parasol has a broken handle, and its parts are supported separately within the corrugated board pallet.

Parasol in three parts, French, Velvet, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, 43.1236a-c.

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.

Parasol in three parts, French, Velvet, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, 43.1236a-c.

A rag board wheel, fit inside at the runner, holds the cover slightly open. The cutouts allow access to the interior.

Parasol, American, second quarter of the 19th century, Plain weave silk with silk and cotton fringe cover, whale bone ribs, brass ferrule and tips, steel stretchers, wood stick, pressed horn handle, 103.5 x 11.4 cm (40 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.), Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone, 99.664.100.

This fragile silk parasol, in very poor condition, is placed in a custom-shaped box of acid-free board.

Parasol, American, second quarter of the 19th century, Plain weave silk with silk and cotton fringe cover, whale bone ribs, brass ferrule and tips, steel stretchers, wood stick, pressed horn handle, 103.5 x 11.4 cm (40 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.), Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone, 99.664.100.

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.

Parasol, American, second quarter of the 19th century, Plain weave silk with silk and cotton fringe cover, whale bone ribs, brass ferrule and tips, steel stretchers, wood stick, pressed horn handle, 103.5 x 11.4 cm (40 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.), Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone, 99.664.100.

A sheet of PhotoTex paper is placed over the green silk as protection against light and dust.