The grey wool fragment beneath the lower leg tab opening would have prevented chaffing on the stocking. These are a larger size so would have been worn by Thomas Crewe Dod.
Provenance: This waistcoat came from the family of Thomas Crewe Dod Esq (1754-1827) of Edge Hall, Malpas, Cheshire. Thomas 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. It is the sons who interest us because some of the waistcoats and breeches bought would have been worn by them. Thomas (1794 – 1810) who died unmarried age 16 and John Anthony (1821-1798) who died in India aged 23.
The taupe colour horizontal stripe, one satin the other with three horizontal lines side by side, the fall front with two self coloured buttons, either side with slanting welt pockets fastened by buttons, the deep waistband with two metal buttons, the centre front with four self coloured button opening, another small flat pocket, the back with linen centre inserted V, scalloped edge, secured with flap and buttonhole, two further metal buttons to the back, large roomy bottom area, the lower leg with seven small button side opening, tab with small piece of grey wool below, linen lined pockets and waistband.
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