Maternity support of white linen towelling; probably England, 1900-1930
Length: 33.7 cm centre back, Width: 113 cm maximum, opened out
The support was worn by a member of the Whistler family of Eaton Square, London: Edward Whistler (1836-1896) and his wife Marianne had two children, Frederick and Florence (a copy of the family tree is said to have been lodged with the Liddle Collection of the Library at Leeds University
Homemade maternity support of white linen towelling machined stitched together to provide a double thickness of fabric. The support is in the form of a wraparound band of fabric shaped with two pairs of darts at the waist back, and has been made without fastenings for greater ease of adjustment.