Stays with a high back and low pointed front. Front and side panels constructed from brocaded blue silk, and the back of pale gold silk damask. The fabric has been pieced to fit, stiffened by closely set vertical strips whalebone giving the stays their rigid shape. While stays were a practical garment and unseen the extremely fine rows of stitching that follow the panel seams emphasise the craftsmanship of the garment. The stays are lined with beige wool flannel cut in 3 pieces. The stays are bound with narrow linen braid and trimmed with cream silk braid over panel seams. The stays fasten with 16 pairs of eyelet down the back. When worn the shaped tabs at the bottom of the stays would splay out over the hips.
1600-1699 Leather Stays here
1700-1799 Leather Stays here