This autumn us girls visited the local castle “Kasteel Hoensbroek”. It a medieval structure, but it has been majorly overhauled in more recent years. The oldest part of the building, the round tower, dates back to 1360.
The castle houses a museum and large rooms used for weddings and receptions.
Here is pretty picture from Wikipedia:
The museum houses fully decorated rooms, but most of the painting are reproductions sadly. But the overall feel of the museum is nice.
Some rooms were more medieval in style, other more 18th century
Above a quilted vest for a soldier. Reproduction of course.
Once in a while the museum has a special exhibition. This time the theme was undergarments through the ages.
The lady in the above picture was said to have had 24 children…. I think she needed the support of a corset after all that. (I don’t know how many children survived their childhood )
The displays with garments were chronological, showing pictures and actual clothing.
Lots of mending on these silk stockings from the ’40s or ’50s. People really had to use and reuse their clothing. Nothing was thrown away.
To come to think about it: why in the world would someone keep the above stockings until 2014? I do know most of these pieces were from a special collector of underwear. Maybe he (!) got this one early on or it may have been from one of his family members.
If I remember correctly these dated back to the ’20s and ’30s. Flat-chested was the way to go!
In earlier days the less endowed ladies could try this. LOL, put some hot pads on your chest… NO, it is a bra with padding!
I’m actually not sure what these are for. Does anybody know? I forgot to take a picture of the description.
Madonna, watch out!
Also here, the less endowed could get “fluffy” bra’s. Look at all that fringy lace on the breasts. In hot weather your would be very uncomfortable, wouldn’t you?
You could even crochet your own bra….
Girls or boys, whenever you feel like doing some crochet, maybe make one of these? Send me a picture if you do!