This 1/4 inch (6.35 mm) cotton cord is sold by the yard (91 cm). Although this is cotton, linen cord of this type is often found as lacing in stays and it tying the backs of breeches. There is a trade card from 1757-1758 advertising "stay straps, ferrets & french cord" at William Goodwin, haberdasher, at the Sun & Falcon.
Often, for the lacing of stays roughly 3 yards is needed. For the tying of the backs of breeches, roughly 1/2 yard is needed.
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