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1938 Dated, U.S., Woman's, Peach 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 peach 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 a whole lot of extra wide boning incorporated into it's body material. These bones are of a wider style than is usual and must have made this corset quite a sturdy undergarment. There is a 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!), or perhaps for wear during colder weather. The condition of this corset/girdle is VERY GOOD PLUS. It has a few small lose threads of minor consequence, and the garter elasticized straps have a little light staining. There are the usual garden variety of small snags, tiny stains, and 1 frontal side seam is a little open and needs re-stitching as is necessary for some inner seams as well, otherwise this corset is quite a nice piece.
Oddly, there are 2 exterior, matching color metal loops found sewn on 2 of the elasticized panels. They are not for the addition of 2 bra straps as the loops are sewn about 5 inches down from the upper edge line. Obviously these 2 metal loops were intended to attach something, but just what their purpose was is unclear. And what is even more interesting is that these 2 loops are both sewn on the SAME side, albeit 1 is sewn on the front left side, and the 2nd one is found sewn on the rear left side! We would love to hear from anyone who can explain this anomaly. Perhaps they were intended for an asymmetrical woman (a bad joke!). Found sewn in the inside is a white color tag with blue color, "bevo" style lettering which reads: "Biaband by Poirette, Reg. Pat. 2137182" which should place this corset firmly in the 1938 period. There is also a 2nd, white color cloth tag found sewn inside that has blue color "bevo" style lettering that reads: "Rayon Cotton". And a really neat part of this corset is that it has many ink stamped numbers and letters found inked on the boning. These various letters and numbers read: "385133", "4476 3", "247613", "33", "Biaband Pat. 2137182", and "10 85(?)". 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 determintaion 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. The odd, 2 off-center frontal metal hooks greatly adds to it's novelty and value. This garment would be a fine addition to any female mannequin ensemble that requires a typical, everyday wear, undergarment. Priced great for it's condition.
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