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post #121 of 642
You got an 18kt nose piece for 50$? Regardless, its a beautiful umbrella.
post #122 of 642
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Thought I'd share some photos of my antique Fox furze wood umbrella. I picked it up on ebay about a month ago for $50. It came from the UK and originally had a silk canopy. The silk canopy was quite worn, however, so I called Gilbert Center, famed umbrella repair man, to make it new again. I can't recommend Gilbert enough. Anyone thinking of having an umbrella restored should call him right away. For $150 Gilbert refinished this umbrella completely by hand. He stripped and refinished the wooden shaft, he removed the rust of the ribs and repainted them by hand, he replaced the canopy with high quality Italian nylon (sewed by hand), replaced the tip, and resewed the original MOP button from the silk canopy for the closure. And he did this all in about 7 days. And he's 86 years old, and an incredibly nice man.

Gilbert estimated this umbrella to be about 100 years old as it has one of the earlier Fox rib configurations. He also claimed that in all his years he's never seen an 18kt gold nose piece, and he's never seen a nose piece with my design. He said that this is a very unique umbrella, and as it came from the UK, it must have belonged to a proper gentlemen. He was very impressed. Given his knowledge on these matters, I'm pretty pleased to have such a nice umbrella for $200. It has held up incredibly well in stiff wind, and I look forward to getting good use out of it.
Nice find.
post #123 of 642
I guess I got lucky. The nose piece is marked "18 ktg" and the seller stated as such in the listing. It's a pretty thin nose piece, and it I suppose it may be plated, but it is marked 18ktg and looks sweet. I think the seller is an antique dealer in the UK and sees these old umbrellas fairly regularly, and the canopy silk was pretty rough. Gotta love ebay (sometimes anyway).
post #124 of 642
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Originally Posted by 83glt View Post
Thought I'd share some photos of my antique Fox furze wood umbrella. I picked it up on ebay about a month ago for $50. It came from the UK and originally had a silk canopy. The silk canopy was quite worn, however, so I called Gilbert Center, famed umbrella repair man, to make it new again. I can't recommend Gilbert enough. Anyone thinking of having an umbrella restored should call him right away. For $150 Gilbert refinished this umbrella completely by hand. He stripped and refinished the wooden shaft, he removed the rust of the ribs and repainted them by hand, he replaced the canopy with high quality Italian nylon (sewed by hand), replaced the tip, and resewed the original MOP button from the silk canopy for the closure. And he did this all in about 7 days. And he's 86 years old, and an incredibly nice man.

Gilbert estimated this umbrella to be about 100 years old as it has one of the earlier Fox rib configurations. He also claimed that in all his years he's never seen an 18kt gold nose piece, and he's never seen a nose piece with my design. He said that this is a very unique umbrella, and as it came from the UK, it must have belonged to a proper gentlemen. He was very impressed. Given his knowledge on these matters, I'm pretty pleased to have such a nice umbrella for $200. It has held up incredibly well in stiff wind, and I look forward to getting good use out of it.

Very cool story and umbrella!
post #125 of 642
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Great umbrella! Thanks for posting it. I enjoyed seeing the pics and learning about it.
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post #127 of 642
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How did I miss your post, chorse? That's some hot butter right there. What's the word on the handle? Yours or just hot brolly porn?
post #128 of 642
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I used to live about two blocks away from Smiths for a semester in college. Naturally I had no real appreciation for the place at the time, but it definitely is one of the coolest looking storefronts in London.

Think I will make a pit stop there next time I'm in town (which unfortunately is not often enough).

University College?
post #129 of 642
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How did I miss your post, chorse? That's some hot butter right there. What's the word on the handle? Yours or just hot brolly porn?

Yep, that's mine. Bark ash solid stick from Brigg with a sterling collar.
post #130 of 642
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Yep, that's mine. Bark ash solid stick from Brigg with a sterling collar.
I missed your post of it, too. The handle is terrific!
post #131 of 642
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Yep, that's mine. Bark ash solid stick from Brigg with a sterling collar.

post #132 of 642
There are some great looking umbrella's here... I picked up this Zegna one today for £50 at an outlet store in Bicester, UK. Not quite the standard of some here, but I thought I'd share pics.

I hope the fact that it isn't black doesn't upset too many. Cheers

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post #133 of 642
My newly aquired Brigg in Maple:




post #134 of 642
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Is that your first Brigg, Steven? Maple is always a solid choice.
post #135 of 642
Here's one that I recently got made in the 1970s for Harrods by Talarico of Naples, never used. Horn handle and tip, sterling collars at the handle and tip...frame and other metal bits made by a military foundry in Italy. Much more substantial than a Brigg (photographs are from the collector from whom I purchased the umbrella):









I dont' believe umbrellas of this quality are made anymore, even by Talarico themselves.


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