Circa 1901-1904, this fantastic antique tabletop mannequin for displaying blouses or corsets is made of a composition or papier mache substance with an extended stockinette covered cardboard waist. At its tallest (or the tallest that I have used), it stands at a height of 40" by adjusting the large brass turn screw at the base allowing the extension of a brass pole located inside the mannequin. In the photos shown, however, it stands at a height of 25 inches, compressed to the best size for transporting it. The recognizably Edwardian bust measures a bit over 36" in circumference with a waist measurement of 26". The form itself, from top of neck to base of back is 20", somewhat longer in front. Neck measures 13". The 7-1/2" diameter of the weighted brass base is slightly domed, aesthetically and mechanically proportioned to display the "new S-shaped" silhouettes, as one advertiser of the day termed it. At some point, perhaps in the 40s, someone replaced the stockinette and ribbon. I used this form to display blouses of the period and it has lots of crazing and dings in the composition, with discoloration of the brass base, appropriate for its age. I have since applied felt to the underside, covering the oxidized area to prevent scraping or marring of the furniture on which it sits, but I no longer use it and it needs to find a good home. It's a great, authentic piece of fashion history, and would be a wonderful addition to your shop or home. Thank you for visiting. Please email me if I can help you in any way.
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