In 1873, the invention of a spoon shaped busk

that looked somewhat like a soup ladel (“busk en poire”) had been invented, and was a key innovation to keeping the tummy tucked in, and handling the torque between top and bottom until about 1889 when the next style of corset would take over.

(Extant corset and pattern of the basic basque model 1880’s corset.  This was worn throughout the decade and into the 1890’s as well)

Today’s spoon busks are very strong and very expensive