What caught my interest was the first item we looked at, a pair of 18th c. stays belonging to the Billinghurst family, a prominent name in Northern Nevada (or at least a local middle school is named for them). The museum had them dated quite early - 1760s - but I question that (I know, how dare I!) because of the shortness of waist (which you can't see in the photos, but these stays were TINY, almost child-sized), and the boning pattern, which is interesting. I would put them more at late 1780s - what do you think?
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|Here's the inside. You can see the rough quality of the fabric. This was a stability layer and the lining would have been layed over this and tacked in place.|
Your comments (and corrections) are welcome! Please use these images any way you like, and if you fancy, please link back to me if you do. So what do you think of these, ladies?