Corset, Woman's

Production date
1912-1932
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Corset, pink cotton, with embroidered leaf and vine pattern; silk ribbon and bow along top edge; eyelets and lacing at sides, main lacing at back connected to belt at front for tightening; stocking suspenders attached.
Classification
CH classification COSTUME Underwear woman
Production place
Measurements
Centre front length 395mm; centre back length 410mm
Media/Materials description
Cotton (Textiles)
Indeterminate Textile (Textiles) Elastic
Nickel (Metal Plating) Brass
Signature/Marks
WHEN RE-ORDERING QUOTE "MODEL 55W" \ THE JENYNS PATENT \ REDUCING & SUPPORTING CORSET \ PATENT NO 16044 & 4597 \ 1912 \ ALL COTTON \ MADE IN ENGLAND \ RUST-PROOF THROUGHOUT'
'TO PROLONG \THE LIFE OF CORSET, \ BE SURE \ WAISTLINE \ FITS EXACTLY INTO \ CENTRE OF YOUR \ WAIST
THE \ JENYNS PATENT \ REDUCING & SUPPORTING CORSET \ PATENT NO 16044 \ 1910 \ ADJUST BELT LOW ON CORSET TO LIFT ABDOMEN. THEN STITCH \ FIRMLY IN CORRECT POSITION. \ IF NECESSARY, \ THE STUDS CAN BE ALTERED \ ON SIDE STEELS'
<Printed on back label > 'THE \ JENYNS PATENT \ REDUCING & SUPPORTING CORSET \ TO UNFASTEN \ PULL ENDS OF WEBBING TOWARDS \ BUSK UNTIL BUCKLE TURNS OVER \ & RELEASE ITSELF'
'THE \ JENYNS PATENT \ REDUCING & SUPPORTING CORSET \ TO UNFASTEN \ PULL ENDS OF WEBBING TOWARDS \ BUSK UNTIL BUCKLE TURNS OVER \ & RELEASE ITSELF'
'THE \ JENYNS PATENT \ REDUCING & SUPPORTING CORSET \ PATENT 16044 \1910 \ TO FASTEN \ 1. TURN BUCKLE OVER \ TOWARD BUSK \2. THREAD WEBBING\THROUGH DIVISION \ NEAREST ATTACHMEN T\ 3. TAKE OVER CENTRE BAR AND THROUGH \ NEXT DIVISION'
'THE \ JENYNS\REGISTERED \ TRADE MARK \ REDUCING AND SUPPORTING CORSET \ PATENT NOS 16044 & 4597'
'THE \ JENYNS\REGISTERED \ TRADE MARK \ REDUCING AND SUPPORTING CORSET \ PATENT NOS 16044 & 4597'
History and use
This corset comes from the House of Jenyns, established in Queensland by husband and wife Ebenezer and Sarah Jenyns. Formerly surgical instrument makers, Sarah and Ebenezer began making corsets at a time when they were being repurposed as hygienic, offering health benefits to their wearers. The partnership did not last and Sarah herself became the brains behind the Jenyns Patent Corset, which was designed to alleviate the backache, poor posture and other negative impacts of traditional corsets.

Under Sarah’s direction, Jenyns sold patent rights to manufacture and sell the corsets all over the world.

In the 1950s the business passed to the second generation and expanded into maternity wear and high fashion foundation garments. By 1964 the company had more than 500 employees. In the 1990s, after nearly a century, one of Queensland’s most successful clothing companies ceased operating and today Jenyns corsets are no longer made.

This particular corset is Model 55W and is based on a 1910 patent. It was manufactured in England.
Registration number
H25265

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