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Offline Syrilla

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Looking for "period" umbrella
« on: April 29, 2010, 06:33:07 AM »
Hello everyone, I know it's not tech clothing, but I am in search of a period style of water proof umbrella.  Not the paper/rice style, but something that will really hold up.
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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 06:40:14 AM »
My first thought was http://www.lunabazaar.com/paper-parasols.aspx - I think they have some that are not paper. Even some of the paper ones are supposedly waterproof. Probably not the highest quality, but they are cheap.

A steampunk umbrella might work - something like:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/20824787/steampunk-parasol-gold-roses-on-black
http://www.etsy.com/listing/45804109/black-boa-second-line-umbrella-small

etsy has some nice ones:  http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_query=steampunk+umbrella&search_type=handmade&ref=auto

If that's not what you're looking for, I seem to recall a previous thread about parasols on this board.

You could also cut out the middle man - take a regular umbrella and decorate it with lace or feathers to make it your own, match an outfit, etc.


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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 07:15:00 AM »
Syrilla, I purchased a Thai oiled paper parasol. I like the style with the wooden Thai "cap" at the top. Anyway, I've not used it in heavy rain, but in a lite drizzle 'till I could find cover it did fine. Just have to keep it opened until it's completly dry.

http://www.asianideas.com/copapa.html


Another thought, as you are so creative, you could purchase one , remove the paper and replace it with something you know will hold up to rain. Shouldn't be that hard. The paper is just glued on and/or lightly stitched.

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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 08:18:51 AM »
Syrilla, the parasols at TRF are either treated paper or canvas, I  can't tell. But if you remember the Mem Day Weekend rainstorm of 08? My parasol held up to that, and is STILL in good working order.
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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 12:10:13 AM »
Wild West Mercantile had some parasols on sale. You could treat it with that campdry stuff.

http://www.wwmerc.com/cgi-bin/Category.cgi?category=8210&type=store
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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 11:04:02 AM »
Since umbrella's aren't period (parasols were very very late 16th c and only in Italy it looks like), I tend to use things that have a wooden handle and are covers of famous medieval/renaissance art.  My favorite one to use is one of the two angels by Michelangelo. 

In period, they used wool hoods or stayed in.  We don't know better than to stay inside during a rainstorm anymore...

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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 11:59:54 AM »
There are also the swrod-hilted ones discussed in the other thread:

http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=10836.0

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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010, 05:14:42 PM »
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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 06:34:03 PM »
To my eye, anything with all that lace on it actually looks *less* authentic. I'm with those who suggest getting an oiled paper parasol and waterproofing it with CampDry.

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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2010, 07:39:48 AM »
Syrilla, is the umbrella to be used when you are working at a faire?  Because I bet 99.9% of the patrons have no idea of what is period or not, and I'm sure they wouldn't care.  After all, the queen mustn't get wet!  You can get them with a wooden handle and spokes, might have to look for them a little, but I've seen them at faire at different times.
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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2010, 09:20:33 AM »
You know, this makes me think there's gotta be some (small, side) business in something like custom umbrellas. Maybe an artist could screen print them or something. But imagine something like a Tudor rose umbrella, or a royal crest, or a jester umbrella (with harlequin pattern, points, and bells). How cool would that be?!

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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2010, 10:04:51 AM »
I have started buying the cheapie umbrellas from wally world and painting them with acrylic paint and then adding flowers around the edges. It is a truly fab umbrella!

Offline Syrilla

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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2010, 10:47:06 AM »
Thank you for all of the suggestion.  I have had and used the paper, oiled, "fabric" coated umbrellas.  And each year, even with water proofing, and re-coating, I have to purchase new ones.  I am in search of a good alternative.  I would love a leather on.  But know one seems to be able to make it, and make it a working one.  Even tho others will not know what is period or not, I do.  And I want to keep it the best I can afford.

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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2010, 05:35:36 PM »
Check this one out:  http://www.umbrellas.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=sfgsk11a-skyumbrella

Also, the Doorman II may be good.  Unusual looking, and not too much $
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Re: Looking for "period" umbrella
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2010, 06:01:37 PM »
That's fun! The sword-hilted umbrella is silver underneath.

I liked this one at that site:



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