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1786 hand-made cone-shaped corset

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A hand-made cone-shaped stay corset from circa 1786

This pair of stays originally had shoulder straps which would have supported the bust while the tabs at the bottom of the corset would have adjusted to the shape of the hips and allowed for movement while the rest of the upper body was firmly corsetted. They are boned with 68 pieces of whalebone.

Pair of stays made from brown cotton and lined in natural homespun linen.

Leather also reinforced the 8 pair of eyelet holes from the tension of the laces. The center 6 eyelet pairs are offset, allowing the stays to be laced up the back in a single lace, spiral fashion. The tabs at the bottom of the stays would have adjusted to the shape of the hips and allowed for movement while the rest of the upper body was firmly corsetted.

Leather also reinforced the 8 pair of eyelet holes from the tension of the laces. The center 6 eyelet pairs are offset, allowing the stays to be laced up the back in a single lace, spiral fashion. The tabs at the bottom of the stays would have adjusted to the shape of the hips and allowed for movement while the rest of the upper body was firmly corsetted.

Corset | Western European | 1770-1790 | linen, whalebone, silk tape | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Accession #: 43.534

Corset, Western European, Linen, whalebone, and silk tape. Brown cotton cover and lining. Ecru silk tape over seams and binding. Partial front and full back lacing.

Corset 1750, American, Made of cotton and leather

Corset American, Made of cotton and leather

Stays, Ebay Auction c.2004  This is a rare 1740-1760 early American colonial time period corset/stays. Made of two tone tan linen that is laid over what is probably rows of cane that are tightly hand stitched into place. A band of thin cotton extends down the front seam. The top edge and bottom hem and flaps are lined with kid leather. The inside is lined with heavy tan homespun linen. Bust 34". Waist 26". Front length 12". Back length 13.5".

Stays, Ebay Auction c.2004 This is a rare 1740-1760 early American colonial time period corset/stays. Made of two tone tan linen that is laid over what is probably rows of cane that are tightly hand stitched into place. A band of thin cotton extends down the front seam. The top edge and bottom hem and flaps are lined with kid leather. The inside is lined with heavy tan homespun linen. Bust 34". Waist 26". Front length 12". Back length 13.5".

Stays, Ebay Auction c.2004  This is a rare 1740-1760 early American colonial time period corset/stays. Made of two tone tan linen that is laid over what is probably rows of cane that are tightly hand stitched into place. A band of thin cotton extends down the front seam. The top edge and bottom hem and flaps are lined with kid leather. The inside is lined with heavy tan homespun linen. Bust 34". Waist 26". Front length 12". Back length 13.5".

Stays, Ebay Auction c.2004 This is a rare 1740-1760 early American colonial time period corset/stays. Made of two tone tan linen that is laid over what is probably rows of cane that are tightly hand stitched into place. A band of thin cotton extends down the front seam. The top edge and bottom hem and flaps are lined with kid leather. The inside is lined with heavy tan homespun linen. Bust 34". Waist 26". Front length 12". Back length 13.5".

White cotton woven corset, c.1860 Woven corsets are a mid 19th century phenomenon, as they allowed manufacturers to weave a corset on a loom and simultaneously add in the boning. This particular corset is styled with an older 1840's and 1850's shape with a buskless front and a full, flared fan shaped bust. The bust and hips have boned, triangular gussets for maximum shaping and is typical of early Victorian corsetry.

Early Victorian (mid XVIII Century) corsets were pre-shaped, more curvy than before.

Blue Stays - 1775 - Missouri Museum. These stays appear strapless but they do have an eyelet at the top corners, possibly for straps now removed. Possibly 10 panels with CF point being made up of only one panel. Broad CF panel, coming way beyond a natural side seam. Square ended tabs which start below waistline.

Blue Stays - 1775 - Missouri Museum. These stays appear strapless but they do have an eyelet at the top corners, possibly for straps now removed. Possibly 10 panels with CF point being made up of only one panel. Broad CF panel, coming way beyond a natural side seam. Square ended tabs which start below waistline.

Corset  Date: late 18th century Culture: American Medium: linen, wood Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1970 Accession Number: 1970.106.4

Corset Date: late century Culture: American Medium: linen, wood Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1970 Accession Number:

Stays. England, late 18th century

She wore her mother's stays on her visit to Percy. During her last few days she was wearing these stays, embroidered in red, with her mother's initials "M. She must have been buried in them.

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