Busk

Object number
01.329
Date
1820 – 1840
Description
Rectangular shaped whalebone, inscribed in script: "du corset les liens sont rompus/voici l'inutile baleine/ou ses charmes sont en prison/(parny)" Notes from stuart frank's visit november 4, 2009: Could be french; quote translated as: "the corset lines are broken Here is the useless whale And yet these charms are in prison." Poem is from evariste de parny, late 18th, early 19th century french poet.
Materials
whale bone
Object Type
busks