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Woman's Corset and Busk

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1810-1840

Cotton sateen, linen plain weave lining, cotton plain weave tape, baleen, handmade metal eyes, maple busk

Center Front Length (Corset): 13 inches (33 cm) Waist (Corset): 19 inches (48.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Edith Lawrence, 1973

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By the early nineteenth century, stays, which were now also called corsets, had evolved dramatically in shape. This corset has large gussets to give fullness to the bust and hips in contrast to the waist, which is twenty-one inches edge to edge. Typically for this period, only the center back of this corset is boned; after it was put on, however, a thin wooden busk measuring eleven and one quarter inches by one inch slid into the front pocket to help keep the breasts apart.