This German made corset dates from the later years of the 1890's maybe as late as 1901. I have chosen to put it in the 1890's category as the general shape is one of the older style
of 1880's/1890's corsets, but the new straight busk and bust shape suggest the upcoming Edwardian years.
It is constructed out of a grey jean like material with pink
stitching and white lace and a pink ribbon. The inside is stamped with 56
and with "Balena". It appears to be boned with whale bone. The waisttape
has the following printed: "Nur acht nienn RFC a la Princesse gestem_elt". The other side reads "Centauris Corset"
patent no 464.
There are 15 bones in each half and 5 clasps on the busk. Each half is 11" wide (waist size about 22"), the busk is 13" long and the back
is also 13" long. Each side appears to have 6 panels. The lacing passes through metal eyelets. Has flossing
over each bone end. This was both decorative and protective as it stopped the bones from working their way through the fabric.