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 Cockle Hat.Cockles. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cockle Shells.
Favourite tokens worn by pilgrims in their hats. The polished side of the shell was scratched with some rude drawing of the “blessed Virgin,” the Crucifixion, or some other subject connected with the pilgrimage. Being blessed by the priest, they were considered amulets against spiritual foes, and might be used as drinking vessels.   1

 Cockle Hat.Cockles. 


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