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A Symington "Original Guaranteed Corset" produced in 1885. These corsets were guaranteed to last for twelve months and the company would "make good any defect which may occur during that time". This guarantee was shown by the label on the front of the corset and the company's trade mark is also stamped on the inside.

A Symington "Original Guaranteed Corset" produced in 1885. These corsets were guaranteed to last for twelve months and the company would "make good any defect which may occur during that time". This guarantee was shown by the label on the front of the corset and the company's trade mark is also stamped on the inside.

Corset (cotton and whalebone trimmed with broderie anglaise and silk ribbon, and steel centre back supports), Great Britain, 1890-1900 (made).  http://pinterest.com/nikolaeftimov/la-corseterie/

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Corset (cotton and whalebone trimmed with broderie anglaise and silk ribbon, and steel centre back supports), Great Britain, 1890-1900 (made). http://pinterest.com/nikolaeftimov/la-corseterie/

Woman's Pretty Housemaid corset made by the Symington company. A best seller of its time, made of twill lined with coutil.Features spoon busk, busk protector and cording across the hips. Deliberately targeted at young women in domestic service.

Woman's Pretty Housemaid corset made by the Symington company. A best seller of its time, made of twill lined with coutil.Features spoon busk, busk protector and cording across the hips. Deliberately targeted at young women in domestic service.

Busk detail, Pretty Housemaid Corset, 1890, Symington Collection, Leicestershire County Council

Busk detail, Pretty Housemaid Corset, 1890, Symington Collection, Leicestershire County Council

Woman's Corset, 1890  (Ref:L.C712.1980.107.0)    The "Pretty Housemaid" corset was produced by the Symington company and was one of the best-selling corsets of its day. It was advertised as the "strongest and cheapest corset ever made"....It demonstrates that young, working class women were a recognised consumer group with a small disposable income and an interest in fashion.

Woman's Corset, 1890 (Ref:L.C712.1980.107.0) The "Pretty Housemaid" corset was produced by the Symington company and was one of the best-selling corsets of its day. It was advertised as the "strongest and cheapest corset ever made"....It demonstrates that young, working class women were a recognised consumer group with a small disposable income and an interest in fashion.

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