Wicker Parasol Purse. Circa 1950s. Maker unknown. This is one of the prize pieces in one of my sub-collections, wicker figurals. This is a parasol—or umbrella, if you prefer—and it’s a rather large piece, as you can see in the photo. The wooden handle and wicker body are painted white. The tip is goldtone metal. It has rubberized string latches on either side of the fold-down top, which cover the wicker body, which is also the compartment portion of the purse. You’d probably never know it was a purse until someone’s cell phone started ringing from inside of it. Not that there were cell phones in the ‘50s. Come on. I’m not THAT goofy.