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Cap of Maintenance

A cap of dignity anciently belonging to the rank of duke; the fur cap of the Lord Mayor of London, worn on days of state; a cap carried before the British sovereigns at their coronation. Maintenance here means defence.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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