Red wool corset, 1860s. Red wool became fashionable at the end of the 1850's and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines, & corsets. I assume this was for a large-busted woman, thus no front opening and the additional straps.
With the narrower silhouette, emphasis was placed on the bust, waist and hips. A corset was used to help mold the body to the desired shape. This was achieved by making the corsets longer than before, and by constructing them from separate shaped pieces of fabric. To increase rigidity, they were reinforced with many strips of whalebone, cording, or pieces of leather. Steam-molding, pateted in 1868, helped create a curvaceous contour. (2 pins)
Red wool became fashionable for undergarments at the end of the 1850′s and was used for petticoats, cage crinolines and corsets.
A remarkable vintage Japanese postcard image
1850-1870 There is no boning or front busk. The fact that it is a front fastening corset with no boning and features alterations and repairs, means that it was probably worn by a poorer working woman or even a woman who worked on a farm.
1885 GB Corset Culture: French A heliotrope colored silk satin corset made in France for the American market. "GB" is stamped on the brass loops of the long curved busk but there are no further maker's marks or stamps on the corset. Although this particular corset does not have it, some GB corsets have "GB" and "None Genuine Except Stamped A La Couronne" on the inside. The top of the corset has a narrow band of black lace trim. The bustline is very flared with cording for extra support.
Corset, ca. 1860s. From Kulturen (Database for Museum Collections).
French Corset Place of origin: France (possibly, made) UK (possibly, made) Date: 1864 (made) Artist/Maker: unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silk, edged with machine-made lace, reinforced with whalebone and metal eyelets, cotton twill lining Credit Line: Given by the Burrows Family Museum number: T.169-1961 Gallery location: In Storage