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 Silk.Silk Purse. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Silk Gown.
 
A queen’s counsel. So called because his canonical robe is a black silk gown. That of an ordinary barrister is made of stuff or prunello.   1
 


 Silk.Silk Purse. 

 
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