Medium blue ribbed silk corset: 1851-1860
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Medium blue ribbed silk corset with top and bottom edge bound with self silk. Cream cotton lining previously stitched, possibly from another corset. The front fastenings are done with back lacing, lightly whale-boned and metal petticoat hook. This corset appears unworn and was possibly displayed at the Great Exhibition in 1851 or the International Exhibition in 1862. It is made of dark blue silk with centre front opening with four keyhole and stud fasteners, and opening at centre back with metal eyelets for lasing. There are two whalebone busks at the centre front. Whalebone is used throughout to shape the corset. The edges at the top, bottom, and along the back openings are bound with dark blue silk ribbon.
1851 AD - 1860 AD