#0423   Bustle Pad   c. 1880s 

United States      $135.00

Unbleached cotton muslin, cotton & elastic tapes, cotton batting, sawdust (?).

Condition: Excellent. The elastic tapes have lost their stretch.

Measurements: W, 28"; Pad, 13.5" X 8.5".

Comments: Entirely hand stitched, this is a made at home version of an 1880s bustle pad. Cotton batting fills out the largest of the stitched channels, while I believe the rest, much firmer, are filled with a dense sawdust. With the elasticized tapes restored, this pad would become much rounder, lifting the back of the skirt higher.