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 Red-breasts.Red Cap (Mother). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Red Button (A).
A mandarin of the first class, whose badge of honour is a red button in his cap.   1
        “An interview was granted to the admiral [Elliot] by Kishen, the imperial commissioner, the third man in the empire, a mandarin of first class and red button.”—Howitt: History of England, 1841, p. 471.

 Red-breasts.Red Cap (Mother). 

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