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Cockade, n. from the French cocarde. An ornament, such as a rosette or knot of ribbon, usually worn as a badge of identification.
People used ribbon rosettes for centuries to identify themselves. Colors, shapes, and emblems were used to show patriotism, support the troops, stand for a cause, show rank or declare your loyalty.
Generally, the colors of the cockade were the colors of the house, dynasty or national flag under which you served. Emblems such as military buttons, ribbon braid, or national symbols were often added to the rosette to create a cockade full of political fervor. Cockades were the political lapel pins of yesteryear.
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