or the Judgment Cap, worn by a judge when he passes
sentence of death on a prisoner. This cap is part of the judge's full
dress. The judges wear their black caps on November 9th, when the Lord
Mayor is presented in the Court of Exchequer. Covering the head was a
sign of mourning among the Israelites, Greeks, Romans, and
Anglo-Saxons. (2 Sam. xv. 30.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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