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Schell Adjustable Bust Form


In the city dubbed “the Paris of the West”, a woman named Natalie Schell patented this adjustable bust dress form from strips of malleable metal. A highly unusual article in itself, the fact it was the creation of a female inventor makes it all the more incredible. This form was created specifically for a “Mrs. W. Rogers” as evidenced by handwritten labeling on the piece itself, circa 1890. This dress form is one of the most spectacularly rare and interesting things we’ve seen here at the shop in a long time, both visually and historically. Exceptional.  


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    H 57 in. x W 17 in. x D 12 in.

    H 144.78 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 30.48 cm

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    Aurora, OR
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