Umbrella with handle

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By impregnating fabric with a water-resistant substance such as oil, it would protect against the rain. The technique was used for umbrellas, raincoats and awnings. This umbrella has an 18th-century Doorniks porcelain knob decorated with flowers. In the 19th century, older items – all or parts of them – would often be reused. This fitted in with the popular eclectic styles of the day. Origin: Netherlands. Date: c 1770 – c 1780. Object ID: BK-1967-92.

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