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I have read articles regarding the small size of a parasol being not necessarily a child's but may have been used by a lady riding in a carriage. She would want something to block the sun but not so large to hamper her view. I am sure this is a true statement, however, on the other hand I feel some small parasols were actually used by children.
Case in point would be this small parasol with its decidedly motif of children playing at the seashore. Certainly one that would have been carried by an young girl for a summer stroll perhaps on the broadwalk.
The fabric is a cotton printed with the figures. Much on the order of handkerchief fabric. I have never been able to find any history on this type of fabric used for parasols and certainly would like to learn more about this type. In the past I have had two others. Both were larger and definitely for a lady. One was a creamy white background printed with brown figures. The other was a red with white figures. All of the parasols were purchased over time in the New England states so a possibility a company located in the in one of the states manufacture this type of parasol.
Certainly not a fancy one of silk, satins & razzle dazzle but still one to delight. In my opinion, a bit unusual.