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Fool's Cap World Map (c. 1590s) by anonymous
Fool's Cap World Map (c. 1590s) by anonymous

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A cap 'n' bells is a type of fool’s cap, a cap with bells worn by a court fool or jester. Bells were also added to the dangling sleeves. The bells announced the appearance of the jester.


The cap 'n' bells could be in the following forms:

  • "Ass's ears" and an "ass's tail", often curling forward
  • "Cockscomb crest"
  • Royal Court Jester costume
  • Bi–Color Coxcomb Cap
  • Fool's Cap and Masque

Other forms of fool's cap in England were shaped like a monk's cowl with ass's ears, a high–pointed cap covered with bells, or a round cap with an imposing feather.

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