This is a busk. For women of the 1700′s, a busk was part of their corset. It slipped down the middle-front of their stays and was made of wood, bone, etc.. This one was made of ivory and was intricately carved.
A beautiful dress from the 1830′s:
I loved this detail-intensive Spencer jacket from the early 1800′s. Ah ha! There’s proof I was there…in the mirror!
And here’s the description and pictures of my favorite dress of the day…a wedding gown!
All soooo lovely!