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1930's (?) Period, U.S., Woman's, Peach Color, Long Line Style, Combination Corset/Girdle
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This long line corset is believed to date in the 1930's period, however it may date a little earlier, or later than that. This woman's corset is of a peach color, that is now aged to an almost light yellow and peach color. This corset is of the long line design that includes elasticized waist line sections. There is not metal zipper and no frontal or rear lacing. There is lots of boning and it is heavily reinforced thorughout the inside. There is also an extra reinforcing panel inside that has several closure hooks, reminiscent of a complicated mouse trap. The cloth material that it is constructed out of is of medium-ish weight, and is elasticized, suggesting that this corset/girdle combination was intended for much more than just daily wear. There are 4 adjustable garters at the bottom. However the really weird part is that 2 of them are not of the usual individual dangling style as is normal. In this case they are sewn into loops that the lady had to put her feet through! This feature is incredibly rare and the first that we have ever encountered. The condition of this undergarment is conservatively rated in FAIR CONDITION. It has much age yellowing, and the usual gamut of snags, stains, fraying, small tears, etc. It does have some lose threads too. However, this corset is still overall quite a presentable piece and should rate of a higher quality rating than listed above. There are no labels on the inside of this garment. As with all of the musuem's garments that are being made available, none are being sold to wear as they are all considered as historical antique garments.
Comments from the Curator:
Antique corsets/girdles are quite rare to find today. This is primarily because by the 1940's period not many women still wore them for daily use, except perhaps for some older women who still preferred the older styles. Also, when they were worn, they were worn until they were no longer intact from hard usage and then had to be discarded. The complicated design of this corset suggests that it was reserved for special occasions, but this is only our guess. We have collected vintage corsets, stockings, and high heels for over 38 years, and have a fairly good idea as what to expect when inspecting such rare vintage specimens. We have endeavored to describe this long line corset/girdle as accurate as is possible, however the final determination on any of the facts remains that of the future buyer. This corset/girdle incorporates features of both a corset and of a girdle making its description all but impossible. Call it what you may, it is not of the more common, low waist line, girdle style as it includes a built in bust coverage area. It has lots in the way of straps, hooks, elastic sections and other fine detailing that suggests that it was not for daily use, but an exclusive item, and additionally of great expense. It would make a perfect undergarment for any refined woman's mannequin ensemble. Priced for the "complicated contraption" collectors out there.
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