Many people believe that cage crinolines stopped being worn at the end of the 1860's In fact, the wearing of hoops, albeit much narrower, continued right up to about 1887. They were needed to support the heavier upholstery fabrics that were fashionable for dresses of the 1880's. Many were variants of the old cage crinoline and the crinolette,
featuring bustles built in such as this one. The base is relatively narrow (but still wide enough to hold out a heavy skirt with tons of petticoats being worn) and features a criss-cross of hoop wire at the bum to create the smaller bustle that was fashionable at the early 1880's.