Grey Herringbone Coutil Midbust Corset With Ribbonslot Lace Trim

Grey herringbone coutil corset with ribbonslot lace trim, c. 1900-5, France. From The Underpinnings Museum collection. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date:  c. 1900-5

Origin: France

Fabric: Cotton coutil

Brand: Unknown

 

This corset is most notable for how finely constructed and lightweight it is. Made from just a single layer of soft grey herringbone coutil, with only 4 panels per side. Support is achieved almost entirely with steel boning, encased in external channels made of the same herringbone coutil cut on the straight grain. There are 5 5mm spiral steel wires per side, with the side seam channel encasing a flat 10mm steel bone that has been curved into shape. The centre back single-part eyelets are encased by 8mm width flat steel bones.

The corset closes at the front with a 5 loop and pin busk, with a narrow channel containing what appears to be reed supporting it on either side. The top and bottom edges of the corset have been bound in a cotton twill tape, and the top line is decorated with a cotton lace trim and blue silk ribbonslot that has been hand sewn to the garment after construction.

 

From the collection of Karolina Laskowska