Woman's Stays

Artist/maker unknown, American

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
Late 18th century

Medium:
Cotton plain weave, silk thread, baleen, linen tape

Dimensions:
Center Back Length: 11 3/4 inches (29.8 cm) Waist: 43 inches (109.2 cm) Circumference (Bust): 46 inches (116.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1998-162-51a,b

Credit Line:
Gift of the heirs of Paul D. I. and Anna Shinn Maier, 1998

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Label:
These stays have a forty-three-inch waist, showing that, then as now, not all women's figures conformed to the fashionable ideal. This is truly a "pair" of stays since there is lacing in both back and front.