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Parasol covered in beige cotton muslin with the manufacturer’s signature SWAINE & ADENEY

Parasol covered in beige cotton muslin with the manufacturer’s signature SWAINE & ADENEY

Parasol covered in beige cotton muslin with the manufacturer’s signature SWAINE & ADENEY

Parasol covered in beige cotton muslin, with fringes on the edge of its perimeter and on the tip. Inside beige silk lining. Ivory cap with a tassel. Eight metal rods topped with ivory spheres. Stem divided into two pieces, one of noble wood lacquered in white with the manufacturer’s signature “SWAINE & ADENEY. MAKERS TO THE QUEEN & PRINCE OF WALES, PICADILLY, LONDON ”makers of the queen and prince of Wales and another in ivory carved with motifs of a trunk, these pieces are divided by an engraved and chiseled silver cap. Engraved and chiseled silver grip. There are tears in the fabric. In the year 1750, John Ross founded a Whip making business at 238 Piccadilly, London W1. James Swaine later purchased this business in 1798, having for some years been foreman of a successful whip making business in Holborn. A royal appointment to His Majesty King George III and to his sons, The Prince of Wales and the Dukes of York, Clarence, Kent, Cumberland and Cambridge quickly followed and Swaine Adeney’s reputation for quality and excellence was established. The Royal appointments were renewed in the reigns of His Majesty George IV and His Majesty William IV. In the year 1835, James Swaine moved his business to larger premises at 185 Piccadilly. The business continued to flourish and in 1845 Edward Swaine took his nephew into partnership and Swaine Adeney was born. In many ways, much remains the same today, the same artisan’s crafts are used to hand-shape the fine leather goods: tooling, stitching and engraving each piece in time-honoured tradition. The Swaine Adeney workshops in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk are (alas) one of the UK’s last studios left in the UK to craft fine leather in this way. This is where customers can send their favourite pieces for repair, however old! In 1851, Swaine Adeney decided to put its fine products on show to the world at the London Exhibition held at the newly constructed Crystal Palace. The Exhibition was the largest the world had ever seen (attracting over six million visitors to a space four times the size of St. Peter’s in Rome). Swaine Adeney won several prize medals at the London Exhibition, prompting the company to show its fine goods at the Paris Exhibition of 1900 (at which further medals followed). Swaine Adeney’s reputation was now growing on a worldwide stage, as the finest producer of leather goods. The company specialised in the manufacture of the finest umbrellas, walking sticks and hunting crops.

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