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  • Previous editors a before Bras Chapeau; chapeau-bras was "a small three-cornered silk hat ... worn by gentlemen at court or in full dress in the 18th century"


  • In a moment Chauvelin was on his feet and with eyes dilated, lips parted in awed bewilderment, he was gazing towards the open window, where astride upon the sill, one leg inside the room, the other out, and with the moon shining full on his suit of delicate-coloured cloth, his wide caped coat and elegant chapeau-bras, sat the imperturbably Sir Percy.

    The Elusive Pimpernel

  • He had on his large caped coat, which was thrown open in front, displaying a grey travelling suit of fine cloth; his hands were as usual buried in the pockets of his breeches, and on his head he wore the folding chapeau-bras which he habitually affected.

    The Elusive Pimpernel

  • But Sir Percy had evidently not heard the question, for he seemed quite absorbed in the task of removing a speck of dust from his immaculate chapeau-bras.

    The Elusive Pimpernel

  • When Pere Lenegre opened the narrow door, the entire framework of it was filled by the broad, magnificent figure of a man in heavy caped coat and high leather boots, with dainty frills of lace at throat and wrist, and elegant chapeau-bras held in the hand.

    The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

  • The long, many-pillared room, with its mirrors and chandeliers, was crowded with full - blooded, loud-voiced men-about-town, all in the same dark evening dress with white silk stockings, cambric shirt-fronts, and little, flat chapeau-bras under their arms.

    Rodney stone

  • He stood in the rear of the chair, a little on one side, covered with a splendid diplomatic dress, decorated with orders, and carrying under his arm an immense _chapeau-bras_, edged with white ostrich-feathers.

    Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.

  • My once dear lord, my kind friend, when your two years 'reign was over, did not you jump for joy and fling your chapeau-bras out of window: and hasn't that hat cost you a pretty bit of money?

    Roundabout Papers

  • Church in a suit of white and silver, with a chapeau-bras, and his hair marvellously dressed into a sort of double toupee, which divided upon his head like the two tops of Parnassus.

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10)

  • Previous editors inserted an unnecessary indefinite article a before Bras Chapeau; chapeau-bras was "a small three-cornered silk hat ... worn by gentlemen at court or in full dress in the 18th century" (Oxford English Dictionary).

    The Devil's Walk (Broadside version)


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    October 17, 2008

  • A foldable bicorne.

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