I don’t write a lot about lingerie because I rarely ever buy it. Not that I don’t have quite a bit of lingerie in my collection, I do. It’s just that after years of collecting I have a fair amount of undies, and now I only buy to upgrade items or to fill a gap in my holdings. Sometimes I’ll pick up something odd that I’ve never seen before.
That was the case with this bra/corset. Corsets with bras are pretty common from the late 1940s and into the early 60s. They usually have a very structured bra and elastic garters. But this one is considerably older.
The bra section is covered with a type of lace that I see quite often in items from the 1910s and 1920s. The shaping is very soft, much like the bras in the 1920s.
Both the front and the back are laced with cotton laces. The eyelets are a silvery metal. You can see that the side backs are boned.
The corset closes on the side with a row of hook and eyes.
The straps are a thick satin. The ribbon trim at the top of the bra is typical of that found on 1920s lingerie.
I’ve looked through all my 1920s and early 30s sources and I could find nothing like it. The modern brassiere was patented in 1914 by Mary Phelps Jacob, so I’m pretty sure this falls between 1915 and 1932. Any thoughts?