One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cap or hat worn as a symbol of official dignity or carried in front of a sovereign on ceremonial occasions.
- ‘The King rewarded the city with gifts - the famous cap of maintenance and sword, brought back home by William who was knighted later in life.’
- ‘A cannon of the 1490s, a sword dated 1462, and a ‘cap of maintenance’ from 1536 are just a few of the very ancient treasures on view.’
- ‘Then comes the royal procession, with Baroness Amos carrying the cap of maintenance, a sort of scarlet bonnet with red trim.’
- ‘The coat of arms of the city includes the ‘cap of maintenance’, giving the Sheriff the right to raise an army independently of the Crown.’
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