scrimshaw-decorated sweethearts whalebone stay busk

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An early scrimshaw-decorated sweethearts stay busk, carved from whalebone and given as a love token by a mariner - worked over one side with panels that include flowers, a love heart and other decorative motifs, all set within a sharks' tooth border - a rare and fine example - until 1830, corsets were known as 'stays' and busks were inserted into the front of a stay to flatten the wearer's stomach and keep her torso straight and upright

Date circa: 1850

Country: English

~ overall length 32.5cm / 12.7in

price: £4950.00 / $6410.25

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