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I think I found the answer by chance. I was looking for all sorts of "corset", "stays" or "bodice", but this particular item might as well have been an "infant's binder" that is still in use today in a slightly different form. Unfortunately, the Wikipedia article cites no sources for any of the claims about why these ...


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I think I will have to correct my earlier post. Both Grimm's dictionary and modern dictionaries make it quite clear that a Leibchen is a sleeveless upper garment* which can be used to suspend other garments (e.g. stockings) below. In fact, the "Good Sense" image in the OP shows examples of just that. One can think of it as the upper part of a dress....


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