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Corset

Object Number: 
Z.1178.11
Date: 
1825-35
Medium: 
Cotton, ivory
Dimensions: 
overall: 17 x 19 1/2 in.
Description: 
Fitted cotton corset with square neckline; upper hip length; quilted gussets, pleated cups; band with geometric quilting pattern at higher than natural waistline; eleven ivory grommets (eyes) on each side of the back closure (ties not extant); handstitched.
Gallery Label: 
The maker of this handmade corset was the grandmother of the donor. With its low square neckline and gusseted brassiere, the corset mirrors the necklines and tight-fitting bodices fashionable in the first half of the nineteenth century. Its repairs and stains reflect the corset's long history and importance in a woman's wardrobe, as even plain undergarments were much coveted textiles in the nineteenth century.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group