Sleeve buttons were used on the sleeves of men's shirts and women's shifts from the early 18th to the early 19th century. Cuff links are often confused with sleeve buttons but are structurally different. Sleeve buttons have been found in such numbers at archaeological sites from Ft. Michilimackinac, Michigan to Williamsburg, Virginia people of all economic standing wore sleeve buttons. In this 1754 painting Joseph Mann of Boston by John Singleton Copley wears what appear to be plain brass sleeve buttons. Sleeve buttons were issued to soldiers of many military regiments including the 17th of Foot in 1776 and the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment in 1778. For example in the 1754 Proceedings of the Old Bailey in London two women "were indicted, for that they, in a certain open court, near the king's highway, on Robert Newton did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person . . . one pair of brass sleeve buttons".
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