Parasol with duck head handle, Brigg & Sons, c. 1896 - c. 1910
Although naturalistic animal heads had been used as parasol and umbrella knobs since 1880, it was around 1896 that they really came into fashion. From 1898, these heads were even made with shiny eyes. At the same time a switch connected to a spring was developed to open the beak, and make the tongue stick out. Brigg & Sons continued to make these various types until 1914.