I feel like Sherlock Holmes…
I have been enquiring hither and yon, and advice and suggestions are coming in.
Maliw said: Maybe these people will be able to help with the manufacturer if you contacted them
They seem to have a fair collection though I couldn’t see any reference to ARCUS
I duly enquired, no response yet.
I had other suggestions on FB, and I have also emailed the Metroplitan Museum of Art as they have a huge collection of parasols. One of the suggestions, from ‘Victorian Parasols’ was to contact Fox Umbrellas, as their logo is very similar to that on the metal tag, and she thought there was a connection between Arcus and Paragon.
Bessiec says “I also think this is more likely to be circa 1930s. Maybe 1920s? Is the “plastic” sort of “bakelite” …an early plastic that became popular in the mid-1920s. Re: style…marquis is the shape, it has little to do with the age. (Except that the shape was popular circa Victorian/Civil War era.) Re: manufacturer….I think you may have a French parapluie. There is an old company in France that is still around that makes shoes: Arcus. The company started before 1900, is known for early ski boots/apres ski boots in the 1930s, and now is known for boat shoes. (And other mostly casual styles.) I could find no indication that they made umbrellas…but it strikes me as likely. Send them an email and ask. Curious minds want to know… http://www.arcus.fr/qsn.php“
I haven’t yet sent that email, but while I was still at work, I got a response to my enquiry at Fox Umbrellas…
Thank you for your email.
ARCUS was the style of SOLID ribs that Samuel Fox used on some umbrellas. I believe it was a patented mark and of lesser quality than the PARAGON fluted rib they also made. The ribs came into effect from 1870 and were used into the late 1900’s.
From your images the umbrella could be from the late 1930’s-1940’s, it is hard to tell from images, an antiques dealer would be in a better position to asses this for you. Any hallmarks would indicate a more accurate date.
Many different manufacturers used the ARCUS and PARAGON frames, so it could have been made by any number of manufactures who were around at this time.
I’m afraid that is all the information I have.
How cool is that? So at least I’ve managed to establish the maker for the frame, even if it doesn’t narrow things down much yet.
Oh yes, I tried the hot pin test- inconclusive. Neither of us could detect any smell, but the pin [glowing red hot] barely made any impression on the rib tip. I might try scraping a bit off one of the broken ones and actually burning it.
All comments and further suggestions gratefully received!