Corsets, 1810 to 1850
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Corset (Collection & item number)Earliest Year GivenLatest Year GivenBusk typeGrommet type# of bust gussets per side# of Hip gussets per sideLength of gussetsLacing typeCording vs boningNotes
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Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973-273-4a,b18101840Busk pocketCan't see2Can't see allnearly to waistCan't seeBoning along back only
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MET, 1970.106.518101820Busk pocketIvory or Bone Rings00N/AcrossCording only“Grommets” sewn on like rings to edge, Shaping via panels
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Manchester Art Gallery, 1948.25018151825Busk pocketCan't see21Bust LengthspiralCording & boning
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MET, 2009.300.322918151825Busk pocketCan't see2Can't see allnearly to waistCan't seeCording onlyPink/Tan fabric with contrast stitching & binding.
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Kent State, 2011.12.3818201829Busk pocketIvory or Bone20nearly to waistspiralCording only
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Kent State, 2011.12.3718201829Busk pocketIvory or Bone22nearly to waistCan't seeCording onlyWhite fabric with contrast stitching
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Kent State, 2011.12.3218201829Busk pocketCan't see22Slightly longer than bust lengthspiralBaleen, no cording
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Kent State, 1983.003.000818201829NoneIvory or Bone Rings11Bust LengthcrossCording only“Grommets” sewn on like rings to edge
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Kent State, 1983.003.0007 ab18201822Busk pocketCan't see20Bust LengthcrossCording only
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Kent State, 1983.001.150918201829NoneIvory or Bone Rings22Slightly longer than bust lengthcrossNone“Grommets” sewn on like rings to edge
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VintageTextile, #168818201840Busk pocketIvory or Bone22nearly to waistcrossCording onlyEmbroidered floral design
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Whitaker Auctions, no lot #18201829Busk pocketHandsewn20Bust LengthcrossCording only
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liveauctioneers, Lot 4118201829Busk pocketHandsewn10to waistspiralCording only
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Meg-Andrews.com, no lot #18201829Busk pocketHandsewn3Can't see allBust LengthspiralCording & boning
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Augusta Auctions, Lot 330 18201830Busk pocketIvory or Bone2Can't see allSlightly longer than bust lengthcrossCording onlyWhite fabric with contrast stitching
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KCI, AC5140 85-2418201829Busk pocketCan't see2Can't see allBust LengthCan't seeCording with boning along back
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MET, 1999.216.518201830Busk pocketIvory or Bone00N/AcrossMinimal CordingShaping via panels
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MET, 1999.216.618201830NoneIvory or Bone10Slightly longer than bust lengthcrossMinimal CordingShaping via panels
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MET, 1982.82.318201829Busk pocketCan't see00N/ACan't seeCording & boningShaping via panels
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MET, 2000.47918201839Busk pocketHandsewn11Bust LengthspiralCording onlyBrown fabric with multicolored embroidered animals & plants & geometric designs. “bust gussets” are nearly circles
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V&A, T.57-194818251835Busk pocketCan't see21Bust LengthspiralCording & boningBeautiful detail cording design
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MET, 1985.15318251850Busk pocketCan't see00N/ACan't seeCording only
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MFA, 46.88a18301839Busk pocketHandsewn20nearly to waistspiralCording only
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LACMA, M.63.54.718301840Busk pocketHandsewn, maybe over rings20Bust LengthFan LacingCording & boningFan lacing!
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Nordiska Museet, 24597218301839Busk pocketHandsewnCan't seeCan't see allCan't seespiralCording only
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Modes de Paris fashion plate18301830Split BuskCan't see2Can't see allBust LengthCan't seeCan't see
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www.salonofthedames.com18301839Busk pocketCan't see22nearly to waistspiralCording only
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MFA, 46.124618301840Busk pocketCan't see10to waistcrossCording only
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MET, 2009.300.708318301839Busk pocketCan't see00N/ACan't seeCording, maybe boning
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MET, C.I.46.82.2318301840Busk pocketCan't see2Can't see allnearly to waistCan't seeCording only
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MET, C.I.38.23.29018301839Busk pocketMetal21Bust LengthspiralBoning along back only
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MET, 1987.23818301839Busk pocketIvory or Bone Rings21Bust LengthcrossCording only“Grommets” sewn on like rings to edge
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MET, 2009.300.3031a–d18301835Busk pocketCan't see2Can't see allSlightly longer than bust lengthCan't seeCording & boningBrown fabric w/ contrast stitching
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MET, 2009.300.2892a, b18301835Busk pocketMetal00N/AcrossCording onlyWhite fabric with blue contrast stitching, shaping via panels
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Kent State, 1983.003.0009 ab18321832Busk pocketCan't see20nearly to waistspiralCording only?
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MET, C.I.40.193.218331833Busk pocketCan't see, but busk pocket has 2 handsewn eyelets3Can't see allSlightly longer than bust lengthCan't seeBoning
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V&A, T.3-192918351835Busk pocketCan't see2Can't see allnearly to waistspiralCording & boning
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Kent State, 1995.017.134518361844NoneCan't see00N/ACan't seeCording onlyFloral design, two dates given as made date
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Henry Ford Historic Costume Collection, 2004.9.2618381840Busk pocketMetal20nearly to waistspiralCording only
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MFA, 51.195918391839Busk pocketIvory or Bone on strap & back, handsewn on busk pocket2Can't see allnearly to waistCan't seeCording only
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MET, C.I.38.23.10b–d18391840Busk pocketMetalCan't tell what's a gusset and what's a long shaped panel2Can't tell what's a gusset and what's a long shaped panelspiralBoningGrommets get closer at waist. Shaping achieved with multiple shaped panels and gussets.
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MET, C.I.42.74.1218401849Busk pocketIvory or Bone2Can't see allSlightly longer than bust lengthcrossCording only
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MET, C.I.37.45.9318401849Busk pocketMetal22to waistspiralCording, with bones just along back
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Kent State, 1995.017.134918441844NoneIvory or Bone?00N/AcrossCording onlyFloral design
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http://callaliliesandcorsets.blogspot.comNot GivenNot GivenNoneIvory or Bone00N/AcrossCording onlyBrown fabric w/ blue contrast stitching, shaping via panels.
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Bonhams, lot 280Not GivenNot GivenBusk pocketIvory or Bone22to waistcrosscording all over, boning along back edge onlyColored fabric, contrast stitching
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MFA, 44.348Not GivenNot GivenBusk pocketIvory or Bone20nearly to waistcrossCording onlyFloral design
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Christie's, Lot 09Not GivenNot GivenBusk pocketCan't see2Can't see allnearly to waistCan't seeCording only?
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abitiantichi.it, busto 43Not GivenNot GivenBusk pocketMetal22to waistspiralCording & boningBrown fabric w/ contrast stitching
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