Corset, Whalebone; E. Izod and Son; 1890-1910; RI.CL1994.98


Corset, Whalebone

About this object

This is a cream corset made in England by Izod's Corsets. The name of this model is 'Izod's Straight Front'. It has 5 front opening busks, 4 suspenders with clasps and parallel rows of 15 eyelets to tighten the lacing.

The corset is fitted with whale bone. Also known as baleen, whalebone in this context is not bone at all, but the keratinous material found around the upper jaws of baleen whales. It is robust but flexible and was ideal for shaping and reinforcing clothing. Whalebone was replaced by cheaper flat spiral-steels at the beginning of the 20th century.


E. Izod and Son

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Date Made




Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Place Notes

The Izod factory was at 30 Milk Street, London.

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, cotton
organic, animal bone, mammal bone, whalebone, baleen
organic, vegetal, plant extract, latex, rubber, elastic (elastic in suspender straps)
inorganic, processed material, metal (clasps and suspenders)

Inscription and Marks

Printed in ink on one of the bone ribs: Izod's Anchor Trademark with the words 'Izod's Corsets' inside the Trademark and "Izod's Straight Front'
Printed in ink on a separate bone rib: 'Fitted with Whalebone'. Handwritten in ink on same rib: "MUSEUM".
Accession number handwritten in black ink: 'CL94/98'


h 360 mm x w 630 mm x d 20 mm
(measurements taken with corset laid flat)
The two back suspender straps are 270 mm long.
The two front suspender straps are 195 mm long.

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

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