This garment, looked on by many ladies as freedom from the whalebone cage which supported the crinoline, was in itself quite hefty to carry around under a gown. Made of calico, cotton lace, cotton ropes, steel hooks, ribbons and to give it its shape, up to 40 pounds (26 kilos), of horsehair padding. This undergarment grew horizontally and heavier each year of its reign. When it first appeared in the 1880’s it was a small pad at the back of the waist. By 1893 it extended almost one metre from the back waist. Have any of you noticed how straight-backed the ladies of the late 19th century presented themselves. Maybe because what they originally thought to be freedom, turned out to be just another burden to carry, albeit not on their shoulders.
These garments were tailor-made by Threadneedle on request!