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Accession number: 03.1.123A-B
Object type: Ladies
Object subtype: Swiss
Date: 1860 – 1870
Materials: Cotton
Measurements: 28.5 cm L x 13.5 cm W

Type of belt that was used with a full skirt and blouse (chemisette or canizou). First instance of use of separate skirt and blouse. The points in the front and back accentuate the small waist.

Description: The Swiss belt has two bow-shaped pieces made from black velvet and lined with brown cotton twill. Each piece has strip of bone or metal across either end. There are 6 eyelets in each end which were used to lace the pieces together. Lacing is missing.