Pair of stays
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Like "a pair of trousers", a pair of stays can been sewing together to a whole.
A lady's stays have many embroidery.
The difference between a corset and a pair of stays is generally:
|Corset||Pair of stays|
|Rare shoulder strap||Always shoulder strap|
|Always many bones. Often eight or more.||The classic pair of stays have only two bones (stays), (but one bone and many small bones is known.)|
|generally invisible undergarments||generally visible.|
|The classic corset has got a back lace-slit, by double lace-string. Alternative a front lace by double lace-string.||The classic pair of stays have two lace-slits, one back and one in the front, each by one lace-string. But many variations is known|
|After c. 1850, note: Overlap c. 1850-1871||Before c. 1871|