Shown are original 1893 cardboard drafting patterns from the "World's Fair Premium Tailor System for cutting ladies' and children's garments". These particular pieces are for drafting a lady's bodice, allowing a perfect fit with the movable pieces for alteration attached to each cardboard section. It was a "Pattern cutting system for use by professional dressmakers in anticipation of the Columbian Exposition. It was later presented with a medal at the Trans-Mississippi expo in Omaha in 1899." Including a "World's Fair Premium Tailor Square", the pieces range in length between 18" - 19", with the bodice being approximate 10" at its widest point. There were more pieces available, of course. . The system was invented and manufactured by J.R. Van Dame and Company. The pieces are all in good condition with exception of the bodice which is missing small pieces at top right shoulder and bottom left corner, as shown in my photos. Still, it is extremely difficult to find even pieces of these historical tools for fashion. Even more rare is the fact that they were connected with the Columbian Exposition. These are authentic drafting patterns. They are not copies or reproductions. Thank you for looking in.