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A curved wooden busk, used to stiffen the bodice, was inserted between the breasts into an opening in the front of the corset. Busks were often elaborately trimmed with inlays of rare wood or mother-of-pearl. It was characteristic of the time that elaborate effort and craftsmanship were expanded on the decoration of an object that was rarely seen.

Busk, wood, European

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