A Fabergé jewelled gold, enamel and hardstone parasol handle, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, circa 1895
- Rock crystal, gold, enamel, cabochon rubies, diamonds
Thence by descent
The parasol handle is thought to have descended from the banker and politician Frederick Glyn, 4th Baron Wolverton. Given its date of manufacture, it may well have been given to him or possibly his wife in 1895. In that year he married Lady Edith Ward (1872-1956), daughter of the 1st Earl of Dudley, of Dudley House in London and Witley Court in Worcestershire. Alternately it may have been acquired when Lord Wolverton was Vice Chamberlain to the Royal Household of King Edward VII, a post he held between 1902 and 1905.
The Glyns were a famous and important City family. Sir Richard Glyn was Lord Mayor of London in 1758, and it was his descendant George Glyn who was made 1st Baron Wolverton in 1869. The 4th Baron Wolverton was also very active in the City, being a partner in the family bank of Glyn, Mills & Co. His principal seat was Queensberry House, Newmarket.