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Breeches

1780s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Man’s breeches made of cream silk taffeta and lined with fustian and yellow worsted twill. There are 2 fronts, two backs and 2 waistbands; the back legs are cut higher than the fronts and gathered into the back of the waistbands. There is a watch pocket on the right side of the waistband and a pocket on each side, closed with a flap with button and buttonhole. The breeches close with 2 buttonholes and 2 cream silk thread death’s-head buttons at the centre-front waistband and a fall front with 2 buttonholes. There are 2 worked eyelets on each side of the waistband at centre back, filled in with a triangle of worsted. There are 4 worked buttonholes on each leg with corresponding silk thread death’s head buttons. The knee bands fasten with a buttonhole and button; both are later replacements.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, linen, cotton, wool; hand-woven, hand-sewn
Brief Description
Man's cream silk taffeta breeches, 1780s, British
Physical Description
Man’s breeches made of cream silk taffeta and lined with fustian and yellow worsted twill. There are 2 fronts, two backs and 2 waistbands; the back legs are cut higher than the fronts and gathered into the back of the waistbands. There is a watch pocket on the right side of the waistband and a pocket on each side, closed with a flap with button and buttonhole. The breeches close with 2 buttonholes and 2 cream silk thread death’s-head buttons at the centre-front waistband and a fall front with 2 buttonholes. There are 2 worked eyelets on each side of the waistband at centre back, filled in with a triangle of worsted. There are 4 worked buttonholes on each leg with corresponding silk thread death’s head buttons. The knee bands fasten with a buttonhole and button; both are later replacements.
Dimensions
  • Outside right leg overall length: 66.0cm (approx)
  • Inside right leg length: 47.0cm (approx)
  • Waist circumference: 79.0cm (approx)
Credit line
Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.
Collection
Accession Number
T.740-1913

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record createdNovember 11, 2009
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