Child's Stays

Artist/maker unknown, American

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1770-1790

Medium:
Linen plain weave, baleen (whalebone), silk braided tape

Dimensions:
Center Front Length: 5 3/4 inches (14.6 cm) Waist: 18 inches (45.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1988-15-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Bloomfield Moore Fund, 1988

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Label:
This pair of stays is only eighteen inches around, and might have been worn by a small child of eighteen months to two years old. Putting stays on young girls and boys was not seen as harsh, but rather as insurance that their figures would develop the correct form, with chest out and shoulders down. While boys usually wore stays only in early childhood, they were considered essential for females throughout their lives.