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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 1  1858  page 79

Hackington, or St Stephen's, Canterbury. Collar of SS. 
By Edward Foss, F.S.A.

of SS, there is no doubt. The Earl of Arundel charges  him with it, and the king thus explains the reason: " That soon after the coming of his uncle, when he came from Spain last into England, he took the collar from his uncle's neck and put it on his own, vowing to wear it and use it in sign of good love of his whole heart between them also, as he did of his other uncles."1 This affectionate assumption of the collar seems to me to be altogether inconsistent with the idea that the letter S was the initial of Senechallus; because the king would be thus assuming the livery, not so much of a kinsman as of an officer of his own household; this would have much the appearance of a degradation, an objection which would not apply if the letters had any emblematic or sentimental meaning. I am not aware, either, that any other example can be produced, of a collar or other badge of honour bearing the mere initial of the name of an office.
   We now come to Mr. Beltz's conjecture, that the letter S means " Souvenez," as part of the motto " Souvenez-vous de moi." Mr. Nichols rejects this interpretation, because he says that the motto is only heard of on one occasion. This seems to me to be scarcely a sufficient ground for rejection; and I am inclined to believe Mr. Beltz to be right with respect to the word intended to be signified, whether he be correct or not in considering it the abbreviation of the motto. The simple word is sufficiently expressive, and one very likely, in those times of romance and sentiment, to be adopted as a motto by itself; and if so, the letter designating it would not be an unfit substitute for it. There is positive proof that King Henry used both the word and the initial on a collar. In the Issue-Roll of the eighth year of his reign, a goldsmith was paid the large sum of 385. 6s. 8d  "for a collar of gold, worked with
   1 Rot. Parl, iii. 313.

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