What is a woman’s busk?
In the early modern period, women often wore something called a busk in the bodices or bodies (early corsets). The busk was a long piece of wood, metal, whalebone or horn that was placed into a channel in the front of the bodice, and the busk-point, a small piece of ribbon that secured the busk in place.
What is a busk in corset making?
A busk (also spelled busque) is a rigid element of a corset at the centre front of the garment. Two types exist, one- and two-part busks.
What is a wooden busk?
Busk 18th century
European. A curved wooden busk, used to stiffen the bodice, was inserted between the breasts into an opening in the front of the corset. Busks were often elaborately trimmed with inlays of rare wood or mother-of-pearl.