Woman's corset

about 1885

Object Place: United States


Overall (approximate measurement open, laces closed, and flat for storage): 45.7 x 78.7 cm (18 x 31 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk moiré with silk embroidery, embroidered lace, silk tape, and metal bones and split spoon busk

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Corset. Lavender-gray ribbed moiré silk, edged with gray silk ribbon, embroidered with maroon and crimson silk thread. Maroon lace trim. Crimson back lacing. Metal eyelets and stiffening. Initials “A” and “B” embroidered on front. Worn by Augusta Carolina Bonzagni (née Costa) of Boston. Condition: Excellent. Some wear on silk at edges of metal stiffening. Slight greenish stains from metal fastenings at front.

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. John Burbidge