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This bustle dates to about 1887-1889, but continued in a slightly smaller size until about 1911. It is made out of criss-crossed wire, which was thought to allow your back to "breathe", thereby eliminating fainting.  Ironically, they were worn by themselves in the 1890's to Edwardian times to give the skirt a slight rise in the back and to stop the skirt from sticking in between your bum.

Even this "health" corset is not the kind of thing you'd want to be wearing on a adventure!

Afternoon gown, French (?), ca. 1870-75. Light brown silk printed with blue leaf and coral motif. High-necked bodice with long, wide sleeves; half-length skirt with back side drapery. Mode Museum, Antwerp

Circa Afternoon gown: Light brown silk printed with blue leaf and coral motif. High-necked bodice with long, wide sleeves; half-length skirt with back side drapery. Via Mode Museum, Antwerp.

Centennial ball gown, ca. 1876. Many party guests wore Colonial attire. Old silk in storage was remodeled into new clothes.This is a mix: half 18th century half Victorian. Bodice, reconstructed with Victorian boning petersham, retains original sleeves. Petticoat was remade into bustle shape. Pale peach taffeta hand-embroidered with ivory silk floss medallions. Some of them were cut out of extra fabric and appliquéd as borders around the neckline and sleeves. Vintage Textile

Centennial ball gown, ca. Many party guests wore Colonial attire. Old silk in storage was remodeled into new clothes.This is a mix: half century half Victorian.

Summer dress, 1880s. Brown cotton with cream-colored dots, trimmed with paisley bands. Bodice, not boned, with small collar & composition buttons. Bustle skirt with ruffled paisley bands on front panel; back panel has 2 rows of gathers. Narrow overskirt in back with ties & pleated hem ruffle. Hem reinforced with buckram, otherwise unlined. Whitaker Auctions

Summer dress, 1880s. Brown cotton with cream-colored dots, trimmed with paisley bands. Bodice, not boned, with small collar & composition buttons. Bustle skirt with ruffled paisley bands on front panel; back panel has 2 rows of gathers. Narrow overskirt in back with ties & pleated hem ruffle. Hem reinforced with buckram, otherwise unlined. Whitaker Auctions

Black silk ground w/ Persian inspired brocade, small rondels in metallic gold, sky blue, maroon & yellow, fitted torso, constructed in style of gent's 18th C jacket, black velvet trim & back pockets, cream & gold embroidered lace trim, 24 magnificent gold metal buttons inset w/ cut steel faceted beads in silver, cobalt & wine, bright yellow silk satin lining,

LADY'S SILK BROCADE JACKET, Persian inspired brocade, small rondels in metallic gold, sky blue, maroon and yellow. Constructed in style of a gent's C jacket.

Brown wool riding habit, English, 1880s, together with a pair of black leather 1880s riding boots, and an 1873 leather riding crop with silver collar. Photo Courtesy of Kerry Tayor Auctions.

"Kerry Taylor Lot A brown wool riding habit, English, together with a pair of black leather riding boots, and an 1873 leather riding crop with silver collar. Photo Courteay of Kerry Tayor Auctions.

Evening dress ca. 1911-12. Cream silk damask with shoulders, sleeves, & center front neckline of silk tulle. Neckline edged in rhinestones & flounce of machine Chantilly lace. Skirt edged in small oblong metallic pom-poms and a short rectangular train made of two panels joined with machine silk chantilly. It has attached cream satin underskirt. It originates at center back [high] waistline. Private collection via Northeast Costume Mounting

Evening dress ca. Cream silk damask with shoulders, sleeves, & center front neckline of silk tulle. Neckline edged in rhinestones & flounce of machine Chantilly lace.

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