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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.44

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.44 St.James today, established in 1676 this is the oldest hat shop in the world. It is run by James Lock’s descendants to this very day. It is where the bowler hat was invented. They have supplied headwear to many historical figures including Sir Winston Churchill, Charlie […]

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How to Avoid Becoming As Mad as a Hatter, or The Pirate’s Curse!

Skull-and-crossbones toxicity warning sign on V&A hats which are thought to have unacceptable levels of mercury in them

Some visitors might find being presented with a hat kept inside a strong plastic bag, emblazoned with a skull-and-crossbones and the word ‘TOXIC‘ in big authoritative letters, a little alarming. Perhaps they would be led to think that we had turned buccaneer, or perhaps that Captain Kidd‘s most cherished secret, the one that he took to […]

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