Corset adverts are a great visual source for understanding the corset silhouette and individual panel shapes that are often hard to determine in garment photographs.
The Royal Worcester Corset company of Worcester Massachusetts was established in 1861 by David Hale Fanning and flourished until his death in 1957. The company were makers of the famous Bon Ton, Royal Worcester and Adjusto corsets understanding that women required different styles depending on body frame.
The following adverts and illustrations are for the Bon Ton range.
“BON TON corsets are the truest expression of every corset virtue- the highest achievement in the art of modern corsetry. Every wearer of the BON TON corset is the proud possessor of a wealth of style, health, comfort and symmetry.”
“THE PRINCESS HIP: Assures correct fit in gowning giving also grace and comfort
DOWAGER Style 600: The only corset made that will properly reduce stout figures to correct proportions”
D.H Fanning corset patent No 208517 date 1878 here.
D. H Fanning corset patent No USRE8663 Date 1879 here.