The origin of buttons on jacket sleeves - Cheers season 5 Episode 3.

THE ORIGIN OF BUTTONS
ON JACKET SLEEVES

THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Season 5 Episode 3: Money Dearest
Airdate:
October 9, 1986


Cliff's mother is of to dinner with Duncan Fitzgerald (the single millionaire Cliff wants her to marry) and admires the buttons on the sleeve of his jacket.

She then bestows upon us the knowledge of why there are buttons on the sleeves of jackets.



Did you know that buttons on a man's jacket sleeve have absolutely no purpose. They originated on the uniforms of Napoleon's army when he discovered that his soldiers were using their sleeves to wipe their noses.
(Cliff: "She's gonna flap her gums, all the way to the poor house.")

The truth:

It seems that Esther is quoting an old wives tale, but it was Frederick the Great, in the mid 1700's, who supposedly had the buttons sewn on to keep his soldiers from wiping their noses.

In reality the origin is not known, but painting exist from the late 1500's and early 1600's showing men wearing jackets with buttons on the sleeves.

The origin of buttons on jacket sleeves - Cheers season 5 Episode 3.

 The origin of buttons on jacket sleeves - Cheers season 5 Episode 3.

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