Interesting facts about hats

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  1. "It's in the hat" is an expression that means that the owner of this hat is doing well or the outcome of an event will be decided in his favor. It is believed that messengers delivering important documents hid them behind the lining of their caps so as not to attract the attention of robbers.
  2. There is another assumption - the hat was used during the drawing of lots, pulling out pieces of paper with notes. Accordingly, the case will be resolved as soon as possible.
  3. During the Middle Ages, bankrupts were required to wear yellow or green hats. Thus, those around them knew that the financial affairs of these people were unimportant, and that commercial transactions could not be made with them.
  4. After visiting Europe at the end of the 17th century, Peter the Great issued a decree to replace Russian hats with foreign hats. A Shlyapny Dvor was opened in Moscow, then similar establishments appeared in other cities of Russia. To provide them with raw materials, it was forbidden to export beaver fur abroad.
  5. And Paul the First, frightened by the revolutionary sweep in France, on the contrary, fought against "free-thinking." In 1897, he banned the wearing of round hats, as well as tailcoats, pantaloons and boots with cuffs.
  6. Chinese silk was incredibly valuable in other countries. It is not surprising that the export of silkworm butterflies, as well as caterpillars and eggs of this insect, was banned on pain of death. In the 4th century, one of the Chinese princesses, when marrying the ruler of Bukhara, took a desperate step - she carried silkworm eggs in her hat as a gift to her beloved. The customs officials did not dare to search the princess.
  7. The famous bowler hat was originally used by foresters. Edward Coke in 1849 ordered a headgear from the London firm Lock & Saw that would protect against blows from branches and would not fall off the head. However, the "bowler hat" was appreciated not only by foresters. Until the middle of the twentieth century, it was a must-have item in the wardrobe of an English gentleman.
  8. And in the first half of the nineteenth, hats - top hats were popular among the representatives of the nobility. Their production was established in 1797 by the hatmaker John Hetherington. At first, "top hats" were made of beaver felt, so only wealthy people could buy them. When making felt, mercury was used, which led to severe poisoning of the craftsmen. When, beaver skins were not enough, they switched to cheaper material.
  9. Historians estimate that Napoleon had approximately 120 hats, most of which were made by Master Poupar. 19 pieces have survived to this day. They went to museums around the world and private collections. In 2014, one of the commander's hats was sold at an auction. Experts assumed that its cost would be about 300-400 thousand euros. But the results of the auction surpassed all forecasts: a wealthy collector from South Korea, who did not give his name, paid 1, 884, 000 euros for it.
  10. Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev was a great connoisseur of hats. The Secretary General preferred to wear clothes made from domestic materials, making an exception only for hats - they were of foreign production. But when the production of high-quality hats was established in the Soviet Union, Nikita Sergeevich willingly parted with the "import".