Breeches, Riding

A pair of formal riding breeches. These are are slightly shorter at the leg than trousers. They are made of navy blue wool with a red stripe down each side. The back waistline is shaped upward and has buttons inside to attach suspenders. The garment has side pockets and a button fly. The inside label reads: "Hobson & Sons" and in handwriting below "Capt. R.S. Matthews 7/4759".
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These riding breeches belonged to Major Robert Saxton Matthews, an Inglewood resident who was prominent in the military, serving in the Hawera Mounted Rifles, the South African War, the New Zealand Staff Corps and as an Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired in the 1920s and when he died in 1931 a Taranaki Herald obituary noted that "his kindly, courteous, and interesting personality will be greatly missed from this district where he has been held for many years in the very highest esteem."
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