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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 Place of origin: England, Britain (possibly, made) Germany (possibly, made) Date: ca. 1890 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Cotton twill, machine-made cotton lace, lined with cotton twill, boned and metal"

"Corset Place of origin: England, Britain (possibly, made) Germany (possibly, made) Date: ca. 1890 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Cotton twill, machine-made cotton lace, lined with cotton twill, boned and metal"

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/

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.

Foundations Revealed  English corset of 1890-1900, made from whalebone and cotton, with steel busk and back supports. This 'ventilated' design was a reaction against the scare stories of the late C19th about the dangers of wearing corsets. It was considered suitable for sports and hot summer days as it allowed perspiration to evaporate! (Public doman image - commons.wikimedia.org)

Foundations Revealed English corset of 1890-1900, made from whalebone and cotton, with steel busk and back supports. This 'ventilated' design was a reaction against the scare stories of the late C19th about the dangers of wearing corsets. It was considered suitable for sports and hot summer days as it allowed perspiration to evaporate! (Public doman image - commons.wikimedia.org)

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

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

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