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The Court-Plaster Case
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Court Plaster Case. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

A court-plaster is a sticking plaster made by coating taffeta or silk on one side with some adhesive substance, commonly a mixture of isinglass and glycerine.



The earliest evidence I know of for this design is found in the 'American Girl's Book or Occupation for Play Hours' by Eliza Leslie, which was published in Boston and New York in 1831.



The design also appears in the June 1834 issue of the American magazine 'Lady's Book' (aka Godey's Lady Book).