This is a set of stays used to shape a woman’s body into the fashionable smooth, cone-shaped figure of the mid-eighteenth century. It is composed of a surface layer of blue wool and white plain weave inner layers of linen. Parallel stitching is used to create channels for the stiffening blades, which are probably made of whale baleen—often referred to as whale bone. Each panel is constructed separately with seams bound with white linen tape. Outer edges are bound with leather to keep the baleen from poking through and abrading the skin. Small stitches are taken at the end of each channel, also to keep the baleen in place. Nine eyelets are placed along the center back edge in order to lace the stays into place; they are worked with natural-colored linen thread that has been overcast around punched holes. They are spaced so that only the top and bottom pair are across from each other; the remaining are offset for spiral lacing. According to Museum records, this corset was worn by Mrs. John Ball, which could refer to the wife or mother of the locally significant pioneer.