September 16, 2012 Jennie Chancey

Symington Collection

Thursday we packed up and traveled to Coalville in Leicestershire to enjoy up-close study of items in the Symington Costume Collection. Symington was a corset factory near Market Harborough from the 1840s on, and sample corsets were preserved in mint condition, including their boxes and advertising. We also got to see some 1770s “jumps” (at-home wrappers) and two sets of 1830s stays that we’re donated to the collection.

1830s Stays, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

1830s Stays

Corset Flossing, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Corset Flossing

Georgian "Jumps", Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Georgian “Jumps”

Detail of Georgian Jumps, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Detail of Georgian Jumps

Corset trimming and quilting, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Corset trimming and quilting

Victorian Petticoat, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Victorian Petticoat

Sample Corset Boxes, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Sample Corset Boxes

 

Examples of Corset Embroidery, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Examples of Corset Embroidery

In addition to the wonders we were able to handle in the study room (thank you, Sarah!), we also enjoyed touring the extensive costume gallery in the Discovery Center, which contains items from the 1760s to the modern day:

Gent's Regency Ensemble, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Gent’s Regency Ensemble

Romantic Era Dress with Pelerine, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Romantic Era Dress with Pelerine

Romantic Era Dress, Full View, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Romantic Era Dress, Full View

1890s Day Ensemble, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

1890s Day Ensemble

1940s Outfit, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

1940s Outfit

Regency Gown and Shawl, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Regency Gown and Shawl

Regency Gown Whitework, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Regency Gown Whitework

Edwardian Evening Gown Bodice, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Edwardian Evening Gown Bodice

1860s Skirt and Blouse, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

1860s Skirt and Blouse

1780s Polonaise, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

1780s Polonaise

1780s Polonaise Detail, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

1780s Polonaise Detail

Regency Pelisse and Gown, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Regency Pelisse and Gown

Details of Regency Pelisse, Symington Collection | Sense & Sensibility Tours

Details of Regency Pelisse

There was even fun stuff for a wee one to do!

Children's Play Area at Snibston Discovery Center | Sense & Sensibility Tours

We all walked out with costume overload…in a good way! Lots of wonderful stuff to enjoy and digest. Well worth the drive, and this is an under-reported collection that should be known more broadly. We’ll have to come again.

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Jennie Chancey I launched Sense & Sensibility Patterns in 1998 with my original Regency Gown pattern. I never dreamed I'd one day have over two dozen patterns on the market and would be leading tours yearly in the UK! Enjoy my blog, and let me know if you'd like to travel with us!

Comments (4)

  1. Dawn

    Jennie, I love the floral pelisse with the brown piping. Would you be able to switch out for a larger photo when you get home? Do have any more information on the beautiful garments you’ve posted in this entry. 😉 I’d love the year on that pelisse! Beautiful! It looks like you’ve had yet another wonderful tour! So happy to see some familiar faces in the group.
    Dawn

    • Hi, Dawn! Once I get all the photos downloaded from my camera card, I’ll email you those. I took pictures of all the information cards as well, so I’m hoping they turned out okay. Just got my crashed laptop working again, so give me a few days to get things downloaded and sorted. :)

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