White cotton twill (sport) corset with shoulder straps, gathered bust with side pockets, center front button closures, and center back lace up closure. Label (stamped): Royal Worcester, Style 365. This corset fully covers the bust. Because of this, it is most likely a design for a young woman, perhaps a teenager making her first steps into womanhood. The (sport) corset itself is minimally boned, allowing ease of movement, and the straps provide additional support.
The overall condition is fair with the following issues: The corset has moderate soiling throughout due to wear. There is some corrosion that occurred along the back stays which has bled through the cotton casings. The center back stays have some conservation work visible, a net overlay to reinforce the back casing. There are also some crude stitches in the interior waist where it appears there were splits. Several patches have been used to cover various holes throughout the lining. Without laces. Nevertheless, a very rare corset. A similar one is in the Met Museum, in the USA. The decoration is not included.
Known first as The Worcester Skirt Company, the company was founded in 1861 in Worcester, Massachusetts, by David Hale Fanning. It specialized in making hoopskirts to support the full skirts that were in vogue. By March 1, 1872, the company shifted foundation directions, as the focus of the woman's silhouette changed from hoop skirts to shaped torsos and hips, and it was renamed the Worcester Corset Co. Fanning became president when the company went public in 1888. In 1901, the name was changed to theRoyal Worcester Corset Co. From waist cinchers to full-length corsets, the collection represents the numerous silhouettes that were in mode, the engineering of the shapers that created them and the measures women took to alter their figures
Bust: ~ 60 cm
Waist: ~ 56 cm
Front Length: ~ 38 cm
Back Length: ~ 30 cm