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C1810, early Regency fall front gent's breeches

C1810, early Regency fall front gent's breeches

This is a first - sold unseen! But then, breeches are so difficult to find.

The images you see are good references of the type of breeches for sale.

Image 1 is taken from 'Nineteenth Century Costume' Laver, 1947 [Victoria & Albert Museum] and is Figure 9 on page 5. Here we can clearly see the fall front on the gentleman's breeches, which are tucked inside his boots. I love the comment by Laver: 'The country gentleman's riding costume has now established itself as normal informal wear in town'. The year of the Plate - 1807.

Image 2 is from another of my favourite books: 'Old English Costumes', undated and published by the Victoria & Albert Museum in conjunction with Harrods Ltd, who held an exhibition of the most famous costume collection of Talbot Hughes. Note how, in those days, actual models were allowed to wear these historic costumes!

Here we see a rather more formal gent on page 46, Plate 32 entitled 'A Beau of the Early 19th Century'. Again, we can see the fall front of the breeches, the narrow legs, and the side button fastens to the leg 'cuffs'. These are rather long, and unfortunately the publication is rather vague with dating the outfit, but a glorious image of the gent in full dress. 

My breeches are most like the first image, and as they came to me with a date of circa 1810, are probably the closest in date.

Gentlemen's breeches are so very difficult to purchase. I have examined a few of the 18th Century, but never Regency, so I am delighted to have studied these. It is lovely to also think the gent may have ridden in them, as well as gone for a country stroll with a young lady on his arm.

The breeches are black, and made of facecloth, which is a very fine wool. Remember that this fabric never frays at cut edges, so there was no need for edge seams. Given their age, this facecloth is remarkably fresh in appearance and although there are small