Hebrew Priests were commanded in the Law of Moses (Exodus 28:42) to wear breeches (basically underwear) when they ministered in the Tabernacle: “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.” (Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breeches; Viewed: 11/02/2020)
Breeches, (pronounced britches) are both undergarment and outer wear. They were typically very baggy through the hips and seat. The exception was buckskin breeches, which are made of leather, and were quite tight, even being well molded to the body. Most breeches had a front fall which is a flap that covers the front opening. In early designs the flap was a wide fall, going all the way across from hip to hip (think of the outer seam of the pants we wear today). Later, the fall narrowed, going only from hip-bone to hip-bone. Both falls worked in exactly the same way; the waistband buttoned, usually with 2-3 buttons, then the fall closed like a bib over the otherwise open front area of the pants.
Side by side drawing of wide and narrow falls which comes from: pemberley.com
(Source: https://historicalhussies.blogspot.com/2010/03/regency-mens-clothing-pants-breeches.html; Viewed 11/02/2020)
This garment is a men’s military uniform breeches from the Revolutionary War. The breeches are a yellowish-brown in color, made of buckskin. At the middle of the front, there is a large flap connected by two brass buttons to the rest of the garment. Above this flap, a slit can be found that attaches the two halves of the breeches together by one large brass button.
Each pant sleeve is cuffed and has a slit that runs bout halfway up the leg. This slit can be buttoned together by four (4) small buttons. Two pockets can be found on the front of the breeches with an extra smaller pocket above the large pocket on the righthand side. The waist is also cuffed and is attached in the back by two sets of cords. Four (4) silver buttons can be found around the waistline: two in front and two in back. On the waistline interior, the material is of a smooth texture but the rest of the garment’s interior appears rough and scratchy to the touch.
The waist is 29 inches around. Each pant leg is 21 inches in length with a circumference of 12 around. The flap on the front and middle of the breeches is eight (8) inches long and three (3) inches high.
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