Requires Photography

Stays

Corset

American
late 18th to early 19th century


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center front: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.) Center back: 33.3 cm (13 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.903

Medium or Technique

Linen twill (glazed), hemp plain weave (buckram), baleen, and silk thread

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Partially boned stays in glazed linen twill, spaced baleen bones through out crossing at sides above shallow waist tabs, six lacing holes at front, pieces of extra cloth sewn to front opening, top edge bound in cotton/linen twill tape, self binding along bottom edge, shoulder straps have been cut off, buckram interface, self lining, seams and lacing holes sewn with silk thread

Inscription

Written on cloth label sewn inside: "Stays probably worn by Mehetable Stoddard (Hyslop) [1719-1792] about 1750"

Provenance

Inherited by Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent