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 Cockie or Cocky.Cockle Shells. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cockle Hat.
A pilgrim’s hat. Warburton says, as the chief places of devotion were beyond sea, or on the coasts, pilgrims used to put cockle-shells upon their hats, to indicate that they were pilgrims. Cockles are symbols of St. James, patron saint of Spain. Cockle=scallop, as in heraldry.   1
“And how shall I your true love know
From many another one?
Oh, by his cockle hat and staff,
And by his sandal shoon.”
Beaumont and Fletcher: The Friar of Orders Grey.

 Cockie or Cocky.Cockle Shells. 


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