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Topic: Janissaries having a spoon attached to their brk, or in their plume holder
The Janissaries themselves, also, have a wooden spoon, with which they eat their pilàv, and which they wear in their caps instead of feathers ; and they as much look upon these as a part of the military dress, as an European would a sword.
In strict conformity with such ideas of military parade, the Janizaries have each of them a wooden spoon, wherewith they eat their pilau, and which they wear instead of a feather, stuck into a copper tube, which is affixed in front of their bonnets.
Miller's text was based on various sources (Baron De Tott, J. Dallaway, G.A. Olivier, M. Montague, J. Pitton de Tournefort, M. d’Ohsson, etc.)
On days of gala the janissaries wear a large felt cap, certainly of Egyptian invention, with a square piece falling down behind and covering half their back; in front is a socket of copper, originally intended to carry feathers, which they bore in honour of any signal feat in war, but lately to hold a wooden spoon for their pilàv; for a good janissary considers his spoon to be as military an accoutrement as an European would his sword or bayonet.
So if this was only a custom adopted lately, it would not have been the case in earlier centuries.
The janissaries of the guard wear, as do all the Turks, a long robe, but of different colours, each according to his taste, without any other sign of distinction, than an extravagant cap of greyish white felt, the hinder part of which hangs behind and covers the back; there is a plate of metal before, which falls upon the forehead, and encloses, as if in a case, a wooden spoon of a rude shape, which each janissary is obliged always to carry with him.
Are there any earlier mentions of this practice? The plume holder would have only been called a Kaşıklik (spoon receptacle) after this became a practice.