Since the lapels can be turned out, the first three buttonholes have their knots towards the inside to match the gradual shift of the lining edge. With any luck this will be ready the first weekend in March. The Boston Massacre.
It's tempting to replicate this chap, except he is in London, not Boston. Time to dig deeper. The Massachusetts legislature rewrote the laws pertaining to Watches and Wards in 1796: "Be it further Enacted, that whenever a Watch shall be so appointed and agreed upon, different from a Constable's watch, the number and qualifications of the persons whereof it shall consist, shall also be agreed upon by the said Inhabitants of the Town, observing the rule prescribed in the first Section of this Act; and one sober, discreet, able-bodied householder shall be appointed officer of the watch, by said Justices, & Selectmen, or
Selectmen alone (as the case may be) to take the charge and command of such watch, who, as the badge of his office, shall carry a quarter-pike, with a spire on the top thereof; and every Watchman, as well in this as in the Constable's watch, shall carry a Staff with a Bill fastened thereon, as is usual. And the powers & duties of the said Officer & Watchmen shall be the same as are before prescribed in the second Section of this Act in the case of a Constable's Watch."
What IS that dog doing there?