INCREDIBLY RARE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS CORDUROY UNIFORM PANTS WITH 2 ULTRA-RARE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BUTTONS

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This pair of Republic of Texas pants could arguably be the finest and rarest uniform pants, with an American history, known to exist today.

According to a textile museum in Washington, DC, the cloth is a silk corduroy likely manufactured in the late 1820’s or early 1830’s by one of two textile mills in New England.  Originally, there were 28 coat size Republic of Texas buttons down each seam 2 inches apart; however, 27 buttons have been removed from each side at some point during the long history of the pants. The 2 remaining buttons have never been off these pants and are commonly referred to as TX-11-A and can be found in the “Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons” by Alphaeus Albert. The back mark on the 19mm buttons reads “SCOVILLS. WATERBURY”.

There are 2 slash pockets with flaps on the front of the pants that originally had one Republic of Texas Artillery cuff-sized button each.

The buttons at the waist and the fly are 4-hole, sew-through bone buttons. Although missing, the buttons that closed the side pockets, front pockets, and rear pockets were likely also 4-hole, sew-through bone buttons.

The waist of the pants is approximately 31”. The length from waist to cuff is about 42”, and the inseam is approximately 31”. There is an interesting flap of corduroy cloth added in the front of each row of buttons, likely to protect the buttons from being snagged while riding or marching. There is a cinching strap at the back of the waist with a 2-prong iron buckle. The pants are entirely lined in a cotton/muslin-like material. There is a 2 1/2″ x 8” piece of coarse cloth, likely made of a linsey-woolsey material, that expands the waist in the rear of the pants. The pocket bags are created from the same material that lines the pants.

The fabric used and style pant were still in fashion during the Civil War. This fabric called was then called "Dimity" which in one of its forms looks to the modern eye like corduroy. Dimity is fabric with two or more warp threads thrown into relief, forming fine cords. Originally dimity was made of silk or wool or a blend, but generally since the 18th century it has been woven almost exclusively of cotton. The name was applied to two types of corded cottons: a heavy material used for bedcovers, drapery, and the like, and a lightweight, almost sheer fabric either corded or made in check effects. Dimity now refers primarily to the latter. Accordingly, these would work with a Confederate uniform!! Attached is a Texas rebel in 1861 with same style trousers but made of leopard skin! These certainly belong in a museum.   [pe][ph:L]

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