Stays, corsets and bands made by Wilson, Matheson & Co, clothing manufacturers, are illustrated in the firm's wholesale and export trade list c 1872. The "Challenge" would appear to be appropriately named.
The stay department on the first floor of the warehouse at 42 Glassford Street produced a variety of ladies' underwear. Stays and corsets often incorporated whalebone to ensure that the wearers' waists could be restricted to the tiny sizes that were fashionable during the period.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 381.1410941443 WIL
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