Case Study Example: The Horozone Corset
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
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.
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