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Corset, Royal Worcester Corset Company (American, 1864–1950): 1876, American, silk, cotton, metal, bone. "Known as the 'Bon Ton', this corset was awarded the bronze medal at the Centennial Exposition. The fine embroidery representing traditional motifs of oak leaves and wheat ears symbolize well-being and prosperity. During this period, a woman's dress was very representative of her class and so having an embellished undergarment with these motifs would be most fitting."

Corset- Corsets became less restricting and stopped at the bosom. Women desired to have an hourglass silhouette, thus pads could be added to the hips to make the waist appear smaller. Date: ca. 1890 Culture: American Medium: silk, bone, metal, cotton