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Thread #35818 Message #805466
Posted By: Jeanie
17-Oct-02 - 12:37 PM
Thread Name: Help: Wearing hats or caps ; Manners?
Subject: RE: Help: Wearing hats or caps ; Manners?
According to the costume department at the Theatre Museum, Covent Garden, the origin of a gentleman doffing his hat when greeting a lady was that he had a secret stash of scented herbs hidden in the crown of the hat - by waving the hat around as the lady got into sniffing distance, the hope was that she wouldn't be able to tell that he hadn't had a wash since 1542. Good idea !