Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection
 

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Creator

Unknown

Date Created

c. 1880s

Subject

Costume; Underwear; Underwear and accessories for shaping and supporting; Underwear (lower body); Bustles; Bustle pad

Medium

Cotton twill, horsehair

Description

c. 1880s. Cream cotton twill crescent-shaped bustle pad, tied to the waist with a cotton twill tape.

A horsehair-stuffed crescent-shaped pad with a round profile tapering to sharp points is sewn to a small rectangular strip of the same fabric, which serves as the flexible interface between the rigid pad and the cotton twill tape waistband. The rectangular strip has two metal hooks at its top edge designed to catch onto the waistband of a petticoat worn beneath to help keep it in place. Machine-sewn and hand-sewn.

Extent

Width: 24.1 cm / 9.5 in.
Depth: 9.5 cm / 3.75 in.

Provenance

Gift of Philip Marston

Museum Number

15.1

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Library

Contributor

Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Date Digitized

3-7-2019

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Comments

The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

Marston.pdf (1128 kB)
Marston history

Keywords

Bustles, Bustle pads, c. 1880s, Cotton, Twill, Cream (color), Crescent-shaped, Twill tape, Horsehair, Machine-sewn, Hand-sewn, Marston (donor)

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