Carved Stay Busk
Carved Stay Busk

Carved Stay Busk

1786 United Kingdom

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Rare and wonderful 18th Century piece of Treen Work, of Museum quality. This is a Stay Busk, in wood, probably Lime, (Linden), dated 1786, and which most probably was intended as a “Love Token”. It has a double opposed heart motif at the top with arrows to the sides. Below this is a pair of flower heads on a stem with leaves, above a stylised central Tulip flower with two buds attached. Underneath this are the initials “E A” possibly referring to the couple, and below that the date “1786” the likely year of their betrothal.

At this time, a corset was referred to as a Stay, and they were used to shape the woman’s body to the style conforming to the fashion of the period. The Busk was inserted into the Stay to make the person’s stomach look flat. This must have been extremely uncomfortable for the woman, and would have made bending forward practically impossible! The tradition for making these items seems to have been most prevalent in the far North of England, and the Scottish Border Counties.
Height 34.00 cm (13.39 inches)
Width 4.50 cm (1.77 inches)
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