Cap of Maintenance
A Cap of Maintenance is a ceremonial crimson velvet cap lined with ermine. It is one of the insignia of the British sovereign, and paraded directly before the monarch during the coronation procession or on such state occasions as the State Opening of Parliament. It is carried by the Leader of the House of Lords, upon a white wand.
The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)