Materials: Black cotton sateen
& pale blue chambray, black cotton lace trim, steel & cane
stays, steel busk & front closure, brass eyelets, cream cotton
Condition: Blue chambray faded,
black lace faded to dark brown, some cane stays broken, light brown
stain on back of left hip. Embroidery details and most of exterior
excellent, overall good condition.
B 33.5", W 25", H 37", center front L 15".
Comments: In the 1870s and through
the1880s lean, narrow bustle skirts were shown with long bodices. Tiny
waists and an unbroken line from bust to hip were the desirable shape of
the day. This effect was made possible with mass manufactured spoon busk
corsets. Busks were usually made of steel; curving in at the waist and
flaring out over the abdomen. The bold vertical graphics on the
embroidered spoon busk corset offered here clearly shows this trend in