ca. 1880-1885 Corset


This lovely garment is secured by a pair of steel ribs linked together by fasteners, a variation of the busk that traditionally aligned the center front of a corset. Corsets were originally shaped by thin whale or other bones or vegetable fibers that were replaced by steel in the nineteenth century. Bird bones were used for the smaller shape supports. Busks were much wider and made of wood, bone, ivory, or baleen (the filter plates of filter-feeding whales).

Keywords:  corset, sweetheart neckline, sleeveless

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