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    Re: Which Cocked Hat?
    From: Bill Lionheart
    Date: 2019 Jul 31, 12:51 +0100

    I thought tricorn (aka cocked) hats were popular in the 18th century
    across military and civilian European men's dress.
    Formal uniforms in the RN were only introduced in the mid 1700s I
    thought. I wonder if at the time the terminology was introduced the
    default cocked hat was tricorn. I wonder when it was first used in
    navigation? The OED doesn't even seem to recognise the navigational
    On Wed, 31 Jul 2019 at 00:34, Robin Stuart  wrote:
    > I visited the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Portsmouth, England recently. 
    In their collection they have a Frock Coat and Cocked hat that were owned by 
    Admiral Sir Martin Nasmith. This cocked hat however was a bicorne rather than 
    a tricorne that we usually, quite reasonably, associate with the term in 
    navigation. While a cocked hat is any hat with a permanently turned up brim, 
    it begs the question as to when and where the use of term first originated in 
    a navigational context. Although the bicorne hat is only roughly triangular 
    when seen side on if the term arose in the Royal Navy then it might be a 
    reference the officers’ uniforms. Any insight to offer?
    > Robin Stuart
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