1860-65 unusual purple cage crinoline. of cotton, wool, silk, steel and brass. Purple silk waistband with cream cotton lining, closed at the front with a brass metal hook and three eyes. 8 purple wool tapes suspending 12 steel hoops wrapped in purple wool. The hoops are attached to the straps with brass clamps. The hoops are closed in the front with two brass clamps that allow them to be adjusted in size. The two upper hoops are open at the front for entry. Amsterdam Museum.
This petticoat is made from metal wire and cotton tape. It would have been covered with an additional fabric petticoat to protect the dress worn over it. The hooping of cage crinolines could be made of whalebone, cane, or steel
1858 Peterson's. Douglas & Sherwood's patented "Honiton Skirt, with Adjustable Bustle." The size of the bustle "may be Increased to any extent desired, by drawing the laces tighter," said laces being at the back. As for the "Honiton" portion, it couldn't actually have been fully adorned with that very expensive lace, but whether the design was done in a cheaper lace, embroidery, woven, stamped, or other, is not stated. [jrb]