Post details: Frederick II - Buttons & Snotty Sleeves

06/25/07

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Categories: Kings And Queens, European History, Period Clothing & Uniforms

Frederick II - Buttons & Snotty Sleeves

Frederick II, of Prussia, aged 68, by Anton Graff

Frederick the Great was an interesting man, and the fashion world does owe him even today ....

You see it was Frederick that first ordered all of his soldiers to sew buttons on the sleeves of their coats. You might be wondering why?

Simple, it was to prevent them from wiping their snotty noses on the sleeves. And that is how men's coats got sleeve buttons that do not button.

You might want to point that out the next time you are in the company of a gentleman in an expensive suit with buttons on the sleeve. You can ask him if the seemingly useless buttons have helped him out with an otherwise rather gross habit!

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