White Cotton and Silk corset c. 1900

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This white corset c. 1900 was donated by the President of Royal Worcester Corset Company to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1950.  Satin binding and bow at the top.  Single bust and two hip gores on each side.  Gores and bones reinforced with hand stitching.  Flossing at the bottom done by hand.  Bones are all in excellent condition.  Original acquisition tag with accession numbers.  Printing on the center back indicates it is a size 20.
 
David Hale Fanning founded Royal Worcester in 1861 as a hoop skirt factory.  It became the largest corset manufacturer in the world and the largest employer of female workers in the country.  International recognized as the “factory of America” because of its modern amenities and progressive treatment of workers, the company became a thriving industry leader in Worcester, Massachusetts.  They produced corsets in many sizes and shapes to fit the diverse body types of women.  The three brand names produced were “Royal Worcester”  “Bon Ton” and “Adjusto”.  In 1949 the Royal Worcester Corset Company closed their doors.  In 1950 E.A. Meister, president of the company, donated an important collection of one hundred seventy one corsets to the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  The donation honored Isidor Roth (his father-in-law and former president of the company) and created a resource for the study of the history of corsetry.

This important corset is one of the gifts from E.A. Meister to the Brooklyn Museum of Art.   More information and part of the collection can be viewed on the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Works of Art Collection Database online.
 

Measurements:

bust:  27 inches (68.5 cm)
waist:  22 inches (56 cm)
hips:  35 inches (89 cm)
neckline to hip:  11 3/4 inches (30 cm)

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