Bustle, Pad; Unknown maker; 1870-1890; RI.W2011.3076


Bustle, Pad

About this object

A late Victorian bustle pad (also known as a bustle bag or cushion). It likely dates from the late 1870s or 1880s. It is made from quilted black cotton fabric. It has four fastening ties and would have been worn under a bustle skirt or dress and petticoats to help expand the fullness and support the drape.

This object together with a number of garments and accessories were donated by Mackintosh siblings Lesley, June, Robyn and William (Bill) who trace their paternal line to their great-great grandparents, James and Anne Mackintosh who emigrated from Melbourne to Southland in 1866 and farmed properties in Western Southland called Strathmore, then Mayfield and Gladfield near Drummond.

This pioneering couple had 11 children. The donors’ link to the second son William who married Caroline Bennett in 1880, they had ten children and farmed at Gladfield, the homestead for which was known as Greenlea.

This bustle pad would have been worn by a woman from the first two generations of the Mackintosh family in Southland. This wider donation included three bustle dress (RI.W2011.3062, RI.W2011.3063 and RI.W2011.3071) which are here at Te Hikoi and are searchable online via our eHive site.


Unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, fibre, cotton
organic, vegetal, fibre, flax, linen


h 165 mm x w 380 mm x d 20 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Named Collection

Mackintosh Family Collection

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