MAD HATTERS

MER­CURY HATS

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… DEADLY FASHIONS -

When hats were all the rage in gen­tle­men’s fash­ion, mer­cury was used to turn an­i­mal fur into soft felt. Those who made the hats would later show symp­toms linked to mer­cury poi­son­ing, such as mem­ory loss, con­fu­sion and hal­lu­ci­na­tions. The phrase ‘mad as a hat­ter’ be­came pop­u­lar as a re­sult.

Alice in Won­der­land au­thor Lewis Car­roll took in­spi­ra­tion from the era’s mad hatters

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