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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mantua, -tuay, -tew, n. attrib. Chiefly of bonnets, also, of hose: Made or as made in Mantua, the city in northern Italy. — 1566 Treas. Acc. MS. (1566–7) 120.
xiiij mantuay bonettis the pece xiij s. iiij d.
1568 Edinb. Test I. 196.
Foure mantew bonettis price of thame xxxij s.
1572 Ib. II. 223, 1575 Ib. III. 362 b. 1575 Ib. 383 b.
Sex mantua bonettis price of the pece … x s.
1581 Ib. IX. 186. 1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 291.
Mantua bonnettis and English bonettis the dozen … xii. li.
1638 Adamson Muses Thr. 5.
Here hings an auncient mantua bannet
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 315.
Hose … of cruell called Mantua hois … the pair xlviii s.

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