house in Northern France that closed down about 50 years ago. This garment has been treasured by its wearer and has countless little mends and patches. Even after such a long life it wasn't thrown away but was sold to the rag man. I think the corset would have originally dated to about 1900-1910, but was kept going for many years beyond that by the looks of it. Perhaps it was her only corset with no means to afford another one, so it had to be kept going with any spare scraps of linen available. I collect such tatty, humble garments as they are unique textiles that have so much history and 'life' in every mark, darn or patch. Most museums collect & display higher status/better condition garments which are wonderful in their own way, but to me they don't have the lure of this sort of garment. I can imagine the wearer, and learn a little more about her life, and how different and difficult it must have been.
The Vintage Bazaar in Frome this Saturday
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