The umbrella, cane, riding crop and miscellaneous accessories porn thread

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  1. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Great pickup, VG. Loved the photos. Thanks for posting them.
    A nice (and expensive) umbrella has a way of reminding you.
    Yep. Keeping up with a nice umbrella is no different than keeping up with a nice pen, bag, gloves or sunglasses, yet SF seems to have far more advocates of cheap umbrellas than disposable Bics.
     
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    Montesquieu Senior member

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    Just curious, but how did you bring it home to the US? On my return flight from London two months ago, umbrellas were strictly verboten carry-on. The security officer seemed offended that I didn't know it was considered a dangerous weapon in the cabin. I had to check mine.

    I can't speak for coming to the US, but for flights within Italy and Europe, the rule seems to be that umbrellas are OK so long as they aren't metal-shafted or -tipped. The James Smith's pictured have metal tips and consequently might be stopped at security. Friends and I just bought 8 umbrellas from Mario Talarico in Naples, who advised as such. None were metal-tipped, and all were allowed on our various flights home within Europe.
     
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    I just took delivery of a Shed Rain wooden shaft umbrella & I have to say it is very nice. Auto open, brass detail, faux button closure (really velcro, but has a nice brown button sewn on the outside of the strap).

    After seeing the "How it's Made" series on Briggs wooden shaft umbrellas, I have to say for a black, polycotton 48" canopy with wood shaft & handle at $24 shipped I couldn't be happier.

    Pics to come...


    I was pretty pleased to discover these too (Velcro notwithstanding) until I dropped it the first time and the "wood" was revealed to be a cheap, thinly veneered composite. Then the cheap plastic "brass" button came off. Shortly thereafter, the whole thing was torn apart by winds a Fox or Briggs would've laughed at...

    I'm back to Fox, and just hoping to keep my wits about me on the subway, where I always loose brollies...
     
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    Extremely slim and elegant solid stick English silk umbrella from Edwardian period with 18 carat gold engraving decorated ferrule and antique sterling silver eagle's head handle by noted Belgian silversmith, Delheid Freres:

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    Vintage American shooting-stick in pigskin.


    Fantastic. Must be a great conversation piece.
     
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    A nice (and expensive) umbrella has a way of reminding you.
    Yes, for me this seems to apply to both umbrellas and pens. After upgrading, I've not lost any.
     
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    As regards losing things, I have to say that I am much more careful with my Briggs than I am with some other "department store" umbrellas that I have...
     
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    Brief (7 or 8 mins) but very heavy squall with gale force gusts came through in Brighton today whilst I was out at lunchtime. I'm pleased to report that my cherrywood solid stick Brigg (ably assisted by my Burberry trench coat) saw me through the lashing wind and rain with no ill effects - whereas other umbrellas of all shapes and sizes were collapsing all around me! It was a "hold the umbrella tight with both hands" situation though....
     
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    Polished maple umbrella from James Smith & Sons that I bought on a recent trip to the UK.

    The store on New Oxford:

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    The inside of the store, much as it was in the 1800s:

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    Helping me find the right umbrella:

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    That's one of my favourite shops anywhere in the world. One can easily spend a long time just looking at the stuff on display.
     
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    The staff at James Smith (for a nominal fee) packaged the umbrella securely so I could check it with my baggage. Although British Airways did a number on the package, the umbrella came out of the box with nary a scratch.

    Any chance they could have shipped it? Or perhaps that was not worth the expence...?
     
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    I recently picked up a well-used (in a good way) silver-topped cane/walking-stick off eBay. Already the perfect height for me (matches that of my Smith brolly in fact).

    Now I just need to find an excuse to carry it into work... [​IMG]
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^If you learn to twirl it, that's excuse enough.
     
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    Any chance they could have shipped it? Or perhaps that was not worth the expence...?

    Perhaps, but I didn't ask. Even if they were willing and able, I still probably would have taken it with me.
     
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    ^If you learn to twirl it, that's excuse enough.

    I like your thinking... [​IMG]
     
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    Edwardian stick
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