Stay busks were the strengthening ribs inserted in to a lady's 'stays' or corsets. Made from a variety of materials they frequently bore etched or carved decoration and were presented by the menfolk to their sweethearts as love tokens. This fine example, made from whalebone, is typical of the work of sailors who passed the long hours at sea creating such artefacts. It is decorated with a sailng ship and Eastern church. Late 18th Century.
Length: 13 inches.

Price: 695

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