Schell Adjustable Bust Form

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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.


    Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
    57 in. H x 17 in. W x 12 in. D
    145 cm H x 43 cm W x 30 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Aurora, OR
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1stdibs seller since 2015

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Located in Aurora, OR

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