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Bodiced petticoat, ca. 1845; cotton
Metropolitan Museum of Art CI.51.26.6; Gift of Mr. Frank Carrington
While quilted petticoats in the eighteenth century were decorative and intended to be seen, nineteenth-century petticoats were regarded as underwear. This one is equipped with a bodice to help distribute the weight of the heavy skirt from the waist to the shoulders.