Whaleboned Stays X-Rays

c. 18th century whaleboned stays, X-rayed in 2016, Austria Kindly donated by http://www.kurvendiskussionen.at/ From The Underpinnings Museum collection.

Date: Stays c. 18th century, X-ray taken in 2016

Origin: Austria


These medical grade X-rays show the interior construction of a pair of 18th century stays. The stays are heavily boned throughout with baleen, with an interior metal support at the front fastening. The image indicates that some of the bones within have broken, either due to wear or the age of the garment.

The stays were found hidden in a Tyrolean farm, with little known about their original history. The materials and style suggest that they were made in the 18th century. The garment is well worn with multiple repairs and alterations. It is entirely hand sewn, and was originally made with an exterior of luxurious silk brocade. Photographs of the original garment can be viewed here.


Kindly donated to The Underpinnings Museum collection by Kurvendiskussionen.at

Museum number: UM-2017-026


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