1790-1799 Linen Stays
Late 18th century stays, 1/4" baleen whale bone encased in narrow back-stitched channels of linen fabric. Front and side front panels of corset have decorative off-white wool satin weave layer of fabric covering off-white linen. Back, side back and side panels in darker tan linen. Top and bottom edges bound in off-white leather, back edges bound in a different tan linen. Seams of panels covered with decorative off-white woven silk ribbon. Two rows of narrow off-white cording run 3.5" either of center front to bottom edge and along bottom back to center. Back, side back and side panels have tabbed lower edge to allow for going over hips. Inside lined with beige linen, tabs lined with blue/white check linen except for center back tabs. Twelve large thread eyelets run either side of center back openings from .5" from top to 3" from bottom edge, evenly spaced except for two eyelets closer together at top proper left and bottom proper right.
These stays were purchased from Suzi's.
“1790-1799 Linen Stays,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed February 23, 2018, http://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/4853.
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