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Thomson's Empress 272

  • Object:

    Cage crinoline

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    W.S. & E.H. Thomson (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven linen, cotton, steel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs P. M. Cooper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cage crinoline made from bands of white double woven linen braid, the stripes for the insertion of the hoops are an inch apart, and is interspaced with a woven zig zag pattern. There are seven of these tapes hanging from a shaped cotton waistband which ties with tapes in the front and has printed on the triangular shape on the back with 'Thomson's Empress No. 272' inside an oval medallion. The hoops of spring steel are arranged from ground to waist inside the back four quarters, from ground to hip at the side breaths and from ground to knee duly at the centre front. The tension of the hoops has been arranged to give a regular bell shape slightly convex on the behind.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1865 (made)


W.S. & E.H. Thomson (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Woven linen, cotton, steel

Marks and inscriptions

'Thomson's Empress No. 272' [inside an oval medallion]
Printed on the triangular shape on the back

Descriptive line

Cage crinoline 'Thomson's Empress 272' made of woven linen, cotton and steel, made by W.S. & E.H. Thomson, England, ca. 1865


Steel; Cotton; Braid


Fashion; Women's clothes; Underwear; Textiles; Metalwork


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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