This man's attire is typical of a New England farmer who has gone off to fight in the American Revolution as a member of the militia. His clothing is made of wool and linen and is sewn by hand. His trousers
have many patches since cloth was so expensive. Many men did not have enough clothing to change everyday. This was not seen as a problem because standards of cleanliness were very different from today.
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