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Flexible female body taffeta quilted cotton batting blue silk and lined with a cotton or linen ecru, trimmed at the armhole and neckline of a silk taffeta ribbon of the same color. This kind of clothing was worn in the 1780s

Flexible female body taffeta quilted cotton batting blue silk and lined with a cotton or linen ecru, trimmed at the armhole and neckline of a silk taffeta ribbon of the same color.

Bodice, Early 18th century. Museum no. 494-1902. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Quilting can be traced back at least to the Middle Ages.

Bodice Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Linen, cord quilted and embroidered with silk thread Museum number:

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Flexible female body taffeta quilted cotton batting blue silk and lined with a cotton or linen ecru, trimmed at the armhole and neckline of a silk taffeta ribbon of the same color.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Corset 1780s-90s European cotton, wood length at CB 10" Accession Number: 1983.242.2

Date: Culture: European Medium: cotton, wood Dimensions: Length at CB: 10 in. cm) Credit Line: Catharine Breyer Van Bomel Foundation Fund, 1983 Accession Number:

Women and girls wore "stays" or corsets. In addition to insuring that a young girl's back would be straight; corsets and stays provided support to the torso when carrying heavy things such as children, milk buckets, cast iron cooking pots, firewood, etc.. They also created the desired silhouette for the time period. Girls started wearing corsets when quite young. The corset pictured here dates from the 18th century and would be called "stays". These stays are for a toddler and are stiffened…

Child's stays back, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association creator Unidentified date location Unknown height width process/materials linen item type Personal Items/Clothing - Underwear accession #

A Pair of Decorated Stays - 1750-60 - Arletan Museum. Side view of stays next door. Small, sausage-like bum roll sewn on side. Fairly long side tabs and longer front point than back. 9 panels. Beautiful shape with the scye sweeping into line with the neckline. Sewn down straps.

A Pair of Decorated Stays - 1750-60 - Arletan Museum. Side view of stays next door. Small, sausage-like bum roll sewn on side. Fairly long side tabs and longer front point than back. 9 panels. Beautiful shape with the scye sweeping into line with the neckline. Sewn down straps.

Corset Elastique from Museon Arlaten, France, 1804-1810    http://www.culture.gouv.fr/Wave/image/joconde/0571/m090221_0011197_p.jpg

Corset Elastique from Museon Arlaten, France. The model is much older than the museum people think and can be dated More of a bra then a corset. Interesting piece in the history of comfort.

Straw and Silk Bonnet, MFA Boston, 1815

Bonnet, ca 1815 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston “ Woven straw bonnet trimmed with cream silk taffeta ribbon and plaited straw ”

Petticoat, linen warp, wool weft, linen shoulder straps; Swedish, ca. 1825-35.  Nordiska Museet, nr. NM.0001376 - worn with matching jacket nr. 0001367

Petticoat, linen warp, wool weft, linen shoulder straps; Swedish, ca. 1825-35. Nordiska Museet, nr. NM.0001376 - worn with matching jacket nr. 0001367

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Empire Redingote: ca. American, silk taffeta brocade, lined in silk, trimmed with soutache.