The foremost was a man of stern visage, wearing a steeple-crowned
hat and a skull-cap beneath it; a dark cloak, and huge wrinkled boots that came half-way up his legs.
I seem to have a stronger claim to a residence here on account of this grave, bearded, sable-cloaked, and steeple-crowned
progenitor-who came so early, with his Bible and his sword, and trode the unworn street with such a stately port, and made so large a figure, as a man of war and peace -- a stronger claim than for myself, whose name is seldom heard and my face hardly known.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne: "A throng of bearded men, in sad colored garments, and gray, steeple-crowned
hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bare-headed, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.