An illustration of a seventeenth century coronation cope at Westminster Abbey. The cope (Known in Latin as pluviale ‘rain coat’ or cappa ‘cape’) is a liturgical vestment, which may conveniently be described as a very long mantle or cloak, open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp. It may be of any liturgical color.
Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed., vol. 7) (New York, NY: The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, 1910)