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  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    Germany (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton, and metal and boning

  • Credit Line:

    Given by M. Yanovsky

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pair of ladies corsets, possibly for maternity, made of cream cotton with red machine-embroidered trim. Trimmed at the top with a scallop edged tape. Made in four parts, they fasten at the front with a busk with five white metal loops and studs, and at the back they have 17 sets of white-metal bound eyelets for a lace. At each side there are 12 further sets of metal bound eyelets which fasten with elasticated laces. There is a vertical opening at the bust which fastens with three bronze gilt press studs, clamped into the fabric, and a diamond pattern impressed on the head which shows on the face of the fabric. On the reverse of the stud is a mark. The corsets reach from the bust to the middle of the hip descending to a point at about the middle of the belly in the centre front. They are machine-stitched and seem lightly boned, encased and sewn to the face of the fabric. Bound at the top and bottom with grey tape. The breast gussets and side lacing suggest this is a maternity corset.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
Germany (possibly, made)


ca. 1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton, and metal and boning

Marks and inscriptions

'NO H TIL 19'
Printed in orange-red and black, on a white paper label with a decorative orange border stuck to the inside at the top left of the back

'9 .59'
In pencil on the inside of the right busk

Impressed on the reverse of the press studs

Descriptive line

Pair of ladies corsets of embroidered cotton, possibly made in England or Germany, c.1900

Labels and date

Maternity wear

Corsets designed for pregnancy and nursing were advertised throughout the 19th century.

This maternity corset is a typical example. It is constructed like a fashionable corset, with boning and a central busk. It has side laces, to enable the wearer to adjust the corset to her changing figure. The cups can be opened for breastfeeding by releasing the press studs.

Maternity corset
Britain or Germany, about 1900
Cotton twill, metal busk, boning, elastic side laces and machine-embroidered trimming
V&A: T.98&A-1984
Given by the family of Myer Yanovsky


Cotton (textile); Metal


Boning; Embroidered


Textiles; Women's clothes; Fashion; Underwear; Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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