Detail, Stays, England, 1770-1780. Wool backed with linen.   Incredible handstitching outlines each of the channels for the thin whalebone stays.

Detail, Stays, England, 1770-1780. Wool backed with linen. Incredible handstitching outlines each of the channels for the thin whalebone stays.

Corset Date: 1780s–90s Culture: European Medium: cotton, wood Dimensions: Length at CB: 10 in. (25.4 cm) Credit Line: Catharine Breyer Van Bomel Foundation Fund, 1983 Accession Number: 1983.242.2

Corset Date: 1780s–90s Culture: European Medium: cotton, wood Dimensions: Length at CB: 10 in. (25.4 cm) Credit Line: Catharine Breyer Van Bomel Foundation Fund, 1983 Accession Number: 1983.242.2

I don't usually collect corsets because there are so many out there but these are the best looking repro stays I've seen.

I don't usually collect corsets because there are so many out there but these are the best looking repro stays I've seen.

This Corps a' baleine, is dated 1735-1770, they are giving themeselves a wide range on this pair. Again the spade at center front and the spreading fingers. Decorative false lacing covers the center fronts. This lacing is not functional, but only for display. A beautiful gold damask is the fashion fabric and the stays are fully boned. Ignore the bows, the stylist put those on for the photos. The styling certainly suggests the earlier date.

This Corps a' baleine, is dated 1735-1770, they are giving themeselves a wide range on this pair. Again the spade at center front and the spreading fingers. Decorative false lacing covers the center fronts. This lacing is not functional, but only for display. A beautiful gold damask is the fashion fabric and the stays are fully boned. Ignore the bows, the stylist put those on for the photos. The styling certainly suggests the earlier date.

1770-1780 (made)  Materials and Techniques:  Wool backed with linen or canvas, stitched with linen thread reinforced with strips of whalebone, lined with glazed linen, bound with linen twill tape, fastened with plain weave linen tapes and decorated with silk braid and silk ribbon

1770-1780 (made) Materials and Techniques: Wool backed with linen or canvas, stitched with linen thread reinforced with strips of whalebone, lined with glazed linen, bound with linen twill tape, fastened with plain weave linen tapes and decorated with silk braid and silk ribbon

Corset, Date: third quarter 18th century Culture: American Medium: flax, cotton, leather, wood

Corset, Date: third quarter 18th century Culture: American Medium: flax, cotton, leather, wood

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