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1938 Dated, U.S., Woman's, Ivory Color, Long Line Style, Combination Corset/Girdle
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This long line corset is dated 1938 by it's patent number that is found on a cloth tag sewn inside. It is of U.S. origin. This woman's corset also has features of a girdle so it will be designated more as a combination corset/girdle, although it is much more of a corset in it's actual construction. The color of this corset/girdle is of a soft ivory color. It's length reaches up to just under the bust and it has 6 dangle type garters attached to the bottom edge. These garters are constructed on this example more like those of the 1940's period than those more complicated types found on 1930's models. There are the usual elasticized panels found throughout it's construction, and there is some, but not a whole lot of extra wide boning incorporated into it's body material. These bones are of a winder style than is usual and must have made this corset quite a sturdy undergarment. There is an off-center position, frontal closure zipper that is made out of matching color metal, and which is hallmarked with the usual "Taylon" logo. Found behind the Taylon zipper are the usual closure hooks. The body material is of a heavier weight material than is commonly encountered, again suggesting that this corset was built more like a "TANK" than that of a corset (how appropriate!). The condition of thie corset/girdle is EXCELLENT PLUS. It has a few small lose threads of minor consequence, and the greater elasticized straps have a little light staining, otherwise this corset is quite a nice piece. Found sewn in the inside is a white color tag with blue color, "bevo" style lettering which reads: "Cotton, Rayon". Next there is a 2nd, larger white color, heavier cloth tag that reads: "418832, 38 A". There is a beautiful, 3rd cloth tag found sewn inside that is white color with light green color "bevo" style wording that reads: "Promise by Poirette, Pat. Appl'd For". One of the inner bones has: "101351" inked on it's length. And found inked on another bone is this wonderful wordage: "Biaband Pat. 2137182" which should place this corset firmly in the 1938 period. As with all of the museum's garments that are being proffered, none are being sold to wear as they are all considered as historical 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 design of this corset/girdle and it's heavier gauge material suggests that it was for utilitarian, or daily use. We have collected vintage corsets, stockings, and high heels for over 38 years, and have a fairly good idea as to what to expect when inspecting such rare vintage specimens. We have endeavored to describe this beautiful 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 it's description all but impossible. However, the addition of boning definitely places it more in the corset category than that of a girdle. Call it what you may, it is not of the more common, low waist line, girdle style as it is long in length, just reaching up under the bust area like many corsets do. It is believed that this corset was a mid-priced garment as it does not include much in the way of superfluous detailing. This garment would be a fine addition to any female mannequin ensemble that requires a typical, everyday wear, undergarment. Priced great for it's find condition.
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