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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 1  1858  page 87

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

doubted effigy on the monument of Sir Richard Lyster, Lord Chief Justice, in the church of St. Michael's, Southampton, on the robes of which the collar of SS appears, He died in 1554, nearly a century after that attributed to Sir Richard Newton, and more than a century and a half after the introduction of the collar. 

  Though no record exists showing the reason of its being limited to the Chiefs of the Courts, and though several other monuments in this and the following reign do not appear to be adorned with it, there can be little doubt that the practice was then adopted, for from the commencement of  the reign of Elizabeth, in which we have the first pictorial representations of the judges, that emblem invariably ornaments the bodies of the


Chiefs. In Popham's Reports, p. 43, it is expressly stated, that, on the call of serjeants in Easter, 36 Elizabeth, 1594, "the Chief Justices and Chief Baron met in Middle Temple Hall in, etc., and with their collars of SS,"—seemingly a recent introduction, as it had never been mentioned before on a similar occasion. The identical collar that Sir Edward Coke wore is stated to have descended to the present time, and has been left as an office-loom to the Judge presiding in the Court of Common Pleas.1 
   The form and appendages of the collar varied in the different periods.
   1 Ex inf. of W. Durrant Cooper, Esq., F.S.A., to whom I want words to express my gratitude for the innumerable facts with which, by his ready kindness and industrious research, he has furnished me in the work I have just published.

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