Army Sergeant's Trousers, Model 1858

These model 1858 dismounted trousers would have been worn by a sergeant. Pair of unlined dark blue wool twill trousers with a five-button fly (buttons are of tin) and four large tin buttons around the waist. There is an additional button on the opposite interior side that corresponds to a button hole along the waistband seam for reinforcement of the closing of the fly. The buttonholes are hidden. There is a vertical slash pocket on each side seam and a watch pocket on the top edge of the right front waistband. The watch pocket opening is reinforced with an additional layer of fabric. The pants are hand-stitched with brown thread. There is a 1.5" orange or faded red stripe of wool tape running along the side seam of each pant leg from the bottom of the waistband down to the inside cuff. The waistband lining and pockets are natural cotton; the fly lining is made of brown cotton. There is a 1" slit at the bottom of the outer seam of each trouser leg. There is a 3.5" "V" shaped slit with a reinforced eyelet on each side at the back waist. There is a stamp on the left back waistband lining which reads, "10." To the left of this stamp are two circular black sizing dots.
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Physical Description
blue (overall color)
wool (overall material)
orange (faded red?) (stripe color)
tin (buttons material)
overall: 30 3/4 in x 33 1/2 in; 78.105 cm x 85.09 cm
overall (padded): 46 in x 17 in x 1 1/2 in; 116.84 cm x 43.18 cm x 3.81 cm
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Military Uniforms
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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