When the makers of the board game Monopoly put their famous playing pieces to a public vote last year – asking which of the old pieces should be scrapped and offering a choice of new, replacement pieces – the poor old iron garnered only 8% of the vote. It was replaced by a pussycat.
And thus, sadly, the world’s favourite board game abandoned a connection with the rag trade.
The top hat, however, was never in any danger of losing its place at the table. Even in the 21st Century, the topper reads as a symbol of affluence.
A detail seized upon to great comic effect by the creator of the Dave Snooty & His Pals cartoon strip for Private Eye…
The Private Eye strip is an homage to The Beano’s Lord Snooty and His Chums, drawn by the legendary Dudley D. Watkins, a great personal hero of The Man From The Hornet…
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And you can acquire your very own symbol of affluence and style from 36b Kensington Church Street at our dedicated Ascot Shop – new top hats £49. Click HERE for our special Ascot Opening Hours.