18th Century Corset
I was so excited to find this wonderfully colourful antique corset bodice!I was so excited to find this wonderfully colourful antique corset bodice!
The colour is absolutely amazing and vibrant made from a base fabric of woven purple silk brocade with motifs of gold, green and red. The lining is cream linen. All the hand stitching can be seen along the channels and also around the lacing holes on both the front and back of the corset.
The tabs around the hemline are typical of the 1700s and the fabrics (red and white indienne) and shapes which suggest European. A textile expert has evaluated this garment for me and believes it to be regional costume, possibly Russian.
The stiffening inside the channels is made of wood. The gold braiding adds stiffening as well as decoration. The laces are not original to the garment. It has been cleaned and is ready for display.
Whilst this is a decorative collectors piece and will probably not be worn, the measurements are:
Each side of the stays measures 9 1/4" at the widest point
At the waist, each side measures 6 3/4"
The stomacher measures 5 1/2" across at the bottom and 7" across at the top
From the shoulder to the lowest point along the back edge measures 21"
From the bottom of the strap to the edge of the hem measures 13"
Layaway is offered on this item. The price includes tracked and insured shipping from France.