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Corset

Manufacturer:
Ball's (American)
Date:
ca. 1885
Culture:
American
Medium:
cotton, metal, elastic, bone
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Dr. Mary L. H. Arnold Snow, 1945
Accession Number:
2009.300.3043a, b
Not on view
Ball's corset company specialized in creating healthful corsets and those appropriate for active wear. This particular type of corset was flexible, made possible by the shirred elastic sections over the interior coiled wire spring system. It was designed for women to wear while participating in athletic activities such as horseback riding, while still maintaining the acceptable silhouette of the period. According to Ball's advertising, incorporating the coiled springs into the corsets was a "revolution in corsets."
Marking: Stamped: "Ball's Corset, Style B, Pat. Feb. 2?th, ????"
Impressed on clasps: "Tabo"
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