Deep in a treasure trove of old clothes, this old boned corset stays cincher was discovered. Dating from the Civil war, or perhaps earlier or later, the stays are made from glazed cotton. A cocoa brown color on the outside and red on the inside. It has been constructed with 5 stays. One on either side of the opening, one on either side and one center back. Although I was not able to pull any of the stays from the sleeves, it appears the stays are narrow spring metal. Black twill string ties the opening close at the top and bottom. The stays also has straps of which none were ever attached to the stays. Only one was pinned with an old metal pin. The others I pinned for viewing.
The size indicates it was for a teen girl. The width around the top is 22" and 20" around the waist. Length center front is 8-1/2" long and center back is 6-1/2" long. The straps measure 10-1/2" long from the middle of the shoulder to where they are pinned.
Condition: As you notice there is considerable oxidation from years of storage. No other flaws such as holes.
A suitable research or historical piece of underclothing.