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Cockle Hat

A pilgrim's hat. Warburton says, as the chief places of devotion were beyond sea, or on the coasts, pilgrims used to put cockle-shells upon their hats, to indicate that they were pilgrims. Cockles are symbols of St. James, patron saint of Spain. Cockle-scallop, as in heraldry.

And how shall I your true love know
From many another one?
Oh, by his cockle hat and staff,
And by his sandal shoon.

Beaumont and Fletcher: The Friar of Orders Grey.

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