A. Simon corset
c.1911-1914. A pink coutil longline corset made in France by A. Simon (Paris).
The corset is fairly unusual in the fact it has a curved busk and that it is boned with
whalebone. Curved busks, although common in the Victorian era, feel out of favor during the
early Edwardian era when the straight fronted corsets became fashionable. Longline
corsets almost always used a straight busk so perhaps this was made for an older lady
who was used to the curved busks of her youth? Whalebone was also very expensive and
hard to obtain by the 1910's as whales had been hunted to near extinction so this
would have been a very expensive corset to purchase although recycled whalebone from
old corsets may have been used.
Pink "X" shape flossing decorated the bottom of most of the bone channels. The bottom front of the skirt fastens with hooks and eyes below the busk.
A wide band of lace trim decorates the top edge of the corset while a pink silk bow and
pink silk baby ribbon add a degree of softness to such a rigid structure. The corset is not
lined but has contrasting white cotton twill bone casings and a cotton twill waist tape on the
inside. The waist tape has "Garanti tout Baleine" on one side and "A. Simon ses corsets Btes
S.G.O.G" on the other side.
Measurements: Underbust 27", Waist 22", Hips 33 1/2", Busk length 10".
From the collection of L. Hidic