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 Cap of Liberty.Cap of Time. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1

 Cap of Liberty.Cap of Time. 

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