Monday, 28 September 2015

Late Nineteenth / Early Twentienth Century Bust Bodice or Bust Improver

I was lucky enough to find another very rare item a couple of weeks ago, and have just completed the listing for it over on Antique Historika. It is a late 1890s, early 1900s bust bodice or bust improver:-

These structural bust improvers were used to create the 'mono bosom' or 'pouter pigeon' look of the late 19th and early 20th century. They were worn over the corset.

It is worn by passing the cotton tape shoulder straps through loops at the side, and is then ties at the back centre.

It has its original maker's label inside- 'J. Rosenbaum & Sons Corset Makers London'.

It is a small size, about 32" bust. It is made on a white cotton net, with plastic boning. The beautiful lace trim has its original silk ribbon.

On an aside, I have been busy lately reassessing the 'Historika' side of my business over the last 6 months or so. Since moving to the West Country, the time that I have had in the workroom has lessened, and I do feel that now is a good time to stretch my wings, and change things up a bit. More on that soon...

Naomi x