The fastening detail on the lower leg is unusual with a small curved section protecting the stocking from the tab fastening. I've never seen the decorative linen tie at the back of the breeches. I feel fairly sure the cotton is poplin.
Provenance: From the family of Thomas Crewe Dod Esq (1754-1827) of Edge Hall, Malpas, Cheshire. Almost certainly worn by Thomas who commenced his military career in the 16th (Queen’s) Light Dragoons as Cornet in August 1775 when he was 21. He went to America with his regiment in August 1776, under Lieutenant George John Burgoyne. Promoted to Lieutenant in 21st regiment of (Light) Dragoons, he was gazetted captain into the 23rd regiment on 28 September 1781, the regiment returning to England in 1778 . He was gazetted captain in 23rd regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1781. His regiment were the first to land in India in 1782 and on 27 July 1785 Dod was promoted to major. He eventually resigned from the Army to return to his Cheshire estates. He took part in the formation of the Cheshire Provincial Cavalry in 1798 and was commanding officer of the Western Cheshire Yeomanry raised in 1803. He married Anne, daughter of Ralf Sneyd of Keele, Staffs on 20 September 1786 when he was 32. They had six daughters and two sons, Thomas (1794 – 1810) who died unmarried age 16 and John Anthony (1798-1821) who died in India aged 23.
The tobacco brown cotton woven with vertical stripes, alternating plain with a diagonal fine line, the fall front secured by two self covered buttons, the deep waistband with four central self covered buttons to the front, two silver colloured high on the waistband, two slit pockets, one with button and embroidered buttonhole fastening, the lower leg with five smaller self covered buttons, a tab fastening with a buttonhole, the back with central inserted linen V with scalloped top and white tape ties, a tobacco coloured linen shot tie below, two silver coloured buttons to the high waistband, very roomy bottom area, the waistband lined with white linen, natural linen pockets and tab fastening.
Waist 31 1/2 in; 80 cm
Thighs about 28 in; 70 cm.
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