C.1905-1907. This lovely straight front
corset is made out of hard to find light drab colored coutil, which is still as starchy as the day it was made. White flossing decorates each bone channel at the bottom
. A wide band of white lace
with pointed edges and white silk faille baby ribbon threaded through it decorates the top of the corset.
The busk is long and straight, and the S-bend shape
is created with clever diagonal seaming. The corset is not lined but has contrasting white coutil bone channels on the inside
Made by J.B. corsets (Joseph Beckel) which sold in the US and England, stamped inside is 'Rust Proof J.B. Side Spring 150A'. The corset did have stocking suspenders but they look like they were cut off by the original owner. It doesn't look like it was worn very much as there is little wear but there are rust marks and rust spotting
on the coutil which shows that it was so "rust proof" after all. It still has it's original corset lace
. There are numbers and writing (most illegible) written in pencil on the inside of the corset. Busk has JB engraved on each busk loop.
Measures Bust 32", Waist 22", Hip 35 1/2", Busk length 11 7/8".