Why is it necessary to use mercury in hat making? Does it do something to the leather?
Is it still used?.eblc1388 said:Why is it necessary to use mercury in hat making? Does it do something to the leather?
The production process involved using a mercury compound, mercury nitrate, to remove fur from pelts and turn it into felt more easily. Abraham Lincoln's famous beaver stovepipe hats were made in this fashion.
Hat makers, exposed to large amounts of vaporized mercury, began to experience its effects on their nervous systems. Doctors even recorded seeing "holes the size of quarters" inside some hatters' brains.
I didn't see it, my daughter had a gig last night - although I usually watch the "Test the nation" programmes.eblc1388 said:The question came up in BBC "Test the Nation -English" as what make the hatter crazy?
Like you said mercury is the answer but I would like to know why.
Often it's best if you don't know :lol:eblc1388 said:Yeah. Many people like leather and fur products but few know about the process in the back to make them available.
It's a long standing quiz question, I think your youth is against you 8)Without that BBC question, I guess I would never Google such information.
I believe it's nitrates?.solidhelix said:
Other way round :lol:I also thought that "mad hatter" came from alice in wonderland...