John Knox Cap

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Traditional 8-pointed academic cap, made of quality black velvet and fitted with the tassel of your choice.

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P Blashki & Sons are not only manufacturers and suppliers of high quality regalia but have been for over 160 years. We proudly offer this John Knox Cap.

A traditional 8-pointed academic cap, made of quality black velvet and fitted with the tassel of your choice.

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Academic Regalia

After the Reformation in the sixteenth century. It appeared that Doctors in lay faculties such as (Law, Medicine and Music). Brought items of professional, non-academic dress into Oxford and Cambridge. And used them instead of the old clerical-style dress.

The square cap, which evolved from the medieval pileus, they perhaps viewed as tied to the ecclesiastical origins and discipline of the old institutions. Even seen by some as a reminder of the Roman Catholic past. They adopted the Tudor round bonnet with a brim and soft crown to it.

Most of the universities in the UK founded from the early nineteenth century. Opted to put all doctors, when wearing the full-dress robes, in a round bonnet or some variant like a John Knox cap. Some universities distinguish PhDs and the newer professional doctors, from higher doctors, by putting them in a mortar-board, or giving them a bonnet in cloth, rather than velvet, or in other ways.

Other types of hats used, especially in some universities in the UK, are the John Knox cap (mostly at Scottish universities), the Bishop Andrewes cap (a reinvention of the ancient form of the mortarboard, worn by Cambridge Doctors of Divinity DD’s) and the pileus (at Sussex). In some universities, such as Oxford, women may wear an Oxford ladies’ cap.

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