Why Does the Mad Hatter’s Hat say 10/6?

9th January, 2012 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Why Does the Mad Hatter’s Hat say 10/6?

I have a friend from my high school years who bought a hat from Disneyland that was modeled after the Mad Hatter’s hat, so I saw the “10/6” tag a lot. I asked him once what in the world that was supposed to mean. He told me that it was the size of the hat, but that it was written in a nonsensical way (10/6 would normally be written as 1 2/3).

Turns out, he was wrong. It actually refers to 10 shillings and 6 pence, so it’s a reference to his trade as a hatter. For anyone who cares, this equals a half guinea. Of course, all of this refers to old British currency, before they adopted a decimalized system.

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