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Title: Painting W. Published: [London] : Published by G. Humphrey 74 New Bond Street 24 St.

Corsets or stays, as 18th c. corsets were called – weren't stiffened with whalebone, but with baleen.  Baleen is the feathery, comb-like feature in the mouths of whales, for screening and trapping food. Baleen is made of keratin, a flexible material that's more akin to cartilage and fingernails than bone. But in the baleen and whalebone were used interchangeably. As a material, baleen is strong and stiff but yielding, and can be cut, filed, and shaped.

Susan reports: Whenever the word "corset" is mentioned in a historical context, it's almost always described as being "whalebone." Yet thi.

Rare undress corset petticoat 1850 lady servants dressing room Victorian fashion print

Antique rare corset petticoat 1850 undress lady servants dressing room Victorian fashion print

Rare undress corset petticoat 1850 lady servants dressing room Victorian fashion print

The Trustees of the British Museum. 'The English Ladies Dandy Toy' 1818

© The Trustees of the British Museum The English Ladies Dandy Toy 9 December 1818

Corset fashion print 1837 Petit Courrier des by SylvestraRegency

Corset fashion print 1837 Petit Courrier des dames underwear Regency Romantic Victorian

Woman at her Toilet, 1835 (oil on canvas) Artist: Wachsmuth, Ferdinand (1802-69) Nationality: French Location: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse, France

Woman at her Toilet, 1835 (oil on canvas) Artist: Wachsmuth, Ferdinand Nationality: French Location: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse, France

Hat and hair pins Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection -1786   Call number:  786.7.24.1  Title: The Toilet

Hat and hair pins Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection Call number: Title: The Toilet

An Interior scene with a maid lacing a lady into a corset by Constantinus Fidelio Coene. 1841

An Interior scene with a maid lacing a lady into a corset by Constantinus Fidelio Coene.

Charles Philipon, Marchande de Corsets, 1830

Charles Philipon, Marchande de Corsets, 1830 1828 Metal eyelets are invented, allowing the corset to endure greater stress during lacing.

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