INTERESTING CIVIL WAR ERA HANDMADE PAIR OF CORDUROY TROUSERS/CHAPS WITH 31 EAGLE “I” BUTTONS

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Item Code: 1179-238

Chaps are made of a heavy brown ribbed corduroy with an interior lining of a brown ticking material with blue stripes.

Running down each leg are thirteen buttons that are all original to the garment. By unfastening the buttons on both legs, the chaps will separate into two pieces.

The left leg has thirteen coat sized infantry “I” eagle buttons and the right leg has twelve with a large Goodyear patent rubber button replacing the top eagle “I.” This rubber button has come loose but is present with the item. All of the eagle “I” buttons have a HORSTMANN & SONS PHILADELPHIA back mark.

At the waist are six suspender buttons. Four at the front and two at the rear. The right front two suspender buttons are made of dark bone while on the left are a brass coin button and a Goodyear patent rubber button. The two suspender buttons at the rear are also bone. The fly is closed by four bone buttons.

There is a watch pocket on the front right waistband. Also, the front of the chaps have an arched pocket at the top of each leg. The pocket edges are decorated with three buttons, one at center to hold the pocket closed and one at each edge corner for decoration. Each pocket has three coat sized eagle “I” buttons all with the same back mark as those on the legs. Altogether this garment has thirty-one brass eagle “I” buttons.

As stated above, the lining material has blue bed ticking stripes on a brown cloth. This lining runs all the way through the interior of the garment as well as in the pockets. All seams and buttonholes are handsewn.

Condition of both the exterior and interior is excellent. The exterior shows some light wear to the corduroy surface in the seat with a small 1/8 inch or less seam hole. On the front, the left leg has a 1.00 x 1.00 inch three corner repair. Other than that, both the interior lining and exterior just show light surface dirt from age.

These are a very interesting pair of chaps/trousers that were most likely used by someone who was a scout, farrier, teamster etc.…  [ad] [ph:L]

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