Stays

Corset

possibly French, used in America
early 19th century
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Manufacture: possibly France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall (measured open and flat with straps up): 48 x 60 cm (18 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.) Other (center front length): 38 cm (14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.905

Medium or Technique

Cotton twill, linen plain weave (binding), silk thread

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Lightly boned pair of stays in white cotton twill, top edge bound in same fabric, bottom edge bound in beige linen fabric, empty busk or steel casing down center front (interior stains), empty casings for baleen at back along lacing edges, pieced section at wearer’s back lower left, all seams and lacing holes sewn with silk thread

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