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Woman's Stays

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

Late 18th century

Cotton plain weave, silk thread, baleen, linen tape

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:

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

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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.