Dressed to Kill, Dressed to Till

Lot 63:

Pair of 1750s Colonial American Linen Breeches

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Start price: $750

Estimated price: $1,500 - $3,000

Buyer's premium: 20%

Made of homespun linen woven in with an alternating raised cord pattern, this pair of men’s breeches can be roughly dated to the period 1755-1765, based on its cut, which includes a low rise to the front (approx. 8-9 inches inclusive of waistband) and a wide fall. The waistband panels are four in. wide at front, closing with three buttonholes and three self-covered buttons, each 7/8 in. dia., while there are two 5/8 in., self-covered buttons for the fall flap. Each 15 inch-long waistband panel is 2 inches wide in back, where there are two worked grommet holes for an adjusting lace, now missing. The waistband in lined with a coarse plainweave linen, as is a pocket bag on the right side, the 5 inch slit opening originally at the bottom of the waistband, but now closed by overcast stitching to the right front panel. Inseam is 17 ¼ inches, incl. 1 inch-wide kneeband, while the outseam is approx. 23 inches from top of waistband to bottom of kneeband. The right back panel is pieced. Found in New England.