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Woman's stays

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White stays, wide center casing for busk with two button-stitched holes at bottom, straps fall over sholders and lace to front, bones at sides of bust, sewn-in cords throughout (especially concentrated in front at bust and waist), gores in front below waist, twelve pairs of lace-holes at back,...

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Written in ink inside center at bottom: "C. R. S. No. 3/ I have been instrumental/ in bringing thousands of the fair sex to an untimely/ graves Stays" (presumably written by Caira Robbins)


Worn by donor's great-aunt Caira Robbins (1794-1881); Inherited by Ellen A. Stone; Gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone

Woman's corset

American, 1820s

Place of Manufacture

probably Massachusetts, United States

Place of Use

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States


Overall (closed): 41.9 x 40 cm (16 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.) Overall (open): 41.9 x 63.5 cm (16 1/2 x 25 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton satin with cotton twill binding and silk thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts