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Woman's Stays

c. 1725-1750
Artist/maker unknown, American or English
While stays were a functional undergarment, they could also be decorative and were sometimes made to be seen. The rows of mock lacing on this example might have been visible in the V neckline of a flowing gown. Another interesting-albeit hidden-element is the lining made from two types of blue-checked linen.

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