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Woman's Stays

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

Late 18th century

Linen plain weave, silk thread, baleen, linen tape, leather, metal hooks

Center Back Length: 13 inches (33 cm) Center Front Length: 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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

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The cross-boning in these lightly boned stays would have created the fashionably round bust of the period. Adjustable shoulder straps, held in place by tape Vs at the top of the high back, cross to hook onto the side fronts; these served to keep the shoulder blades down and the chest out. Pairs of worked eyelets at the side fronts would have facilitated the attachment of hip pads.