Fine Whalebone Scrimshaw Staybusk

Fine Whalebone Scrimshaw Staybusk

1800 to 1900 England

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Fine Whalebone Scrimshaw Staybusk
Early 19 th Century

Size : 37 cm long , 4.5 cm wide – 14½ ins long , 1¾ ins wide
Provenance : From the collection of a Private English Museum
A staybusk is a stiffener that was inserted into a ladies corset or corsage . It had become a custom in the 18 th and 19 th centuries for sailors , especially those on board whaling ships , to make these to present to their sweethearts as love tokens .
The earliest known staybusk is made of wood and dated 1660 and can be seen in Birmingham City Museum in the Pinto collection . Another dated 1675 is in the Victoria and Albert Museum , London . The majority were made between 1760 and 1800 , the dictates of fashion eventually rendering them obsolete .
This example has the initials H D & A D and was probably made to commemorate a marriage .
Dimensions
Height 37.00 cm (14.57 inches)
Width 4.50 cm (1.77 inches)
Medium
Whalebone and turtle shell tied with plaited bark fibre
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