Short diaphragm-length pair of stays (corset) with pointed tabs about the bottom. White cotton, boned, lined with white linen and stitched with black thread. Bones held in with back stitch, but gathered breast gussets edged with embroidered silk specks (originally pale blue) and there are scalloped bands under the arm. Central bone accented with white silk ribbon lacing (decorative). Padded and stiffened tabs attached to back edges of back-lacing in back, probably to act as a bustle or dress support.


  • Title: Stays
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1785/1794
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Circumference: 80 cm bust, Circumference: 57 cm waist, just above tabs/lower ribs, Height: 18 cm front, Height: 27 cm back
  • Medium: Cotton with silk embroidery, boning, and lined with linen

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