bases — “A pair of,” PERICLES, ii. 1. 159. “Bases, plural noun. A kind of embroidered mantle, which hung down from the middle to about the knees, or lower, worn by knights on horseback.” Nares's Gloss. (where the word is illustrated by various quotations). In the list of apparel of the Lord Admiral's players, taken 1598, we find, “Item, ij payer of basses, j white, j blewe, of sasnet [sic].” Malone's Shakespeare (by Boswell), vol. iii. p. 316.
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