Stay busk

a stiff piece of wood, steel, or whalebone, for the front support of a woman's stays. Cf. Busk.

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Added to a list that includes lace bobbins; stay busks (the stiffeners from ladies' corsets); needle cases; marriage bowls and perhaps the best known and most artistic: love spoons, there's plenty of choice.