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    Re: Which Cocked Hat?
    From: Robin Stuart
    Date: 2019 Aug 7, 06:31 -0700

    Frank,

            I tend to agree that things are not clear cut and an unambiguous conclusion will probably not be possible. If it could have been demonstrated that the expression arose at a time and place when “cocked hat” only existed the popular psyche in the naval context and the tricorne hat was largely unfamiliar, then I think it could be plausibly argued that the term referred to the officer’s bicorne. However the persistence of phrases like “knocked into a cocked hat” at the turn of the last century definitely muddies the water,

    Regards,

    Robin Stuart

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