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 Diamond Hammer (A).Diamond Necklace (The) (1785). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Diamond Jousts (The).
 
Jousts instituted by King Arthur, “who by that name had named them, since a diamond was the prize.” Ere he was king, he came by accident to a glen in Lyonnesse, where two brothers had met in combat. Each was slain; but one had worn a crown of diamonds, which Arthur picked up, and when he became king offered the nine diamonds as the prize of nine several jousts, “one every year, a joust for one.” Lancelot had won eight, and intended to present them all to the queen “when all were won.” When the knight laid them before the queen, Guinevere, in a fit of jealousy, flung them out of the palace window into the river which ran below. (Idylls of the King; Elaine.)   1
 


 Diamond Hammer (A).Diamond Necklace (The) (1785). 

 
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