So that the sleeve can be neatly rolled up and buttoned into place

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Napoleon invented that because that was the only way to stop soldiers from cleaning their noses on the sleeves.<br />
It sounds silly,but I'm not kidding this this.It's true.

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You find buttons on the sleaves of dress suits for the same reason.

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Something else to keep you busy brasso'ing.

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If the button is on the upper arm, there is usually a tab sort of thing to button onto it to keep the sleeves up once they are rolled. If the buttons are somewhere else, I have no idea.

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