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19 unique corset pattern drafts, dating 1900-1922, with background research, historical context, and tested patterns.
19 unique corset pattern drafts, dating 1900-1922, with background research, historical context, and tested patterns.
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Case Study Example: The Horozone Corset

Posted by Marion McNealy (Creator)
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Each of the corset patterns will have a short case study, and here is one I wrote previously for an article about the making of this corset. The corset was made by Sara Huebscen, of Exquisitely Waisted Designs, for a series of articles for Foundations Revealed. You can see her finished photos of it, on Facebook, and here on her Tumblr

Case Study: The Horozone Corset 1900-1904

Horizontal seams corset
Horizontal seams corset
Corsets with seams placed on the horizontal or diagonal, instead of the vertical, are not unknown throughout the history of corset design, but they are not in the majority of surviving examples. This particular corset is the last pattern listed in the book “Corset Cutting and Making”, although it is probably one of the earliest patterns, dating to 1900-1904.  

We can be confident of such an early date based on two pieces of evidence:

In the 1904 General Price List of Jeremiah Rotherman & Co (London, England), listed among the many different corsets available for sale, is one called the “Horozone”, with five horizontal bands, just as this pattern has.

  

The Horozone corset, 1904
The Horozone corset, 1904

 

It is listed as a black corset, soft finished, with a 13 1/2” straight busk, For quality A corsets, fanned (flossed) with gold, price was 47/6. For quality D, fanned with coral, 78/-  

There is no brand name associated in the catalog with this “Horozone” corset, however in a 1906 United Kingdom patent design suit, the Charles Bayer company is listed as selling a corset with the same name in 1900, 1902 and 1904, and advertised it in 1905. (1) Although the placement of the bones in the illustration and in the pattern are not the same, in the legal proceedings, the Charles Bayer company is noted for changing their boning layout on their corsets from season to season. Is this a Charles Bayer “Horozone” corset pattern? Unknown, but it’s a tantalizing mystery!  

1- “In the Matter of Bayer’s Design” Reports of Patent, Design, Trade Mark, and Other Cases, Volumes 23-24, Oct. 17, 1906, p.566

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