[LMB] OT: splitting coins and hairs

Michael R N Dolbear m.dolbear at lineone.net
Sat, 7 Dec 2002 22:41:10 -0000

> From: Anton Sherwood <bronto at pobox.com>
> Date: 07 December 2002 17:39
> and because, at the retail level, shillings seem to have been
> effectively primary in Britain until recently (WW2?): one heard prices
> of "fifty shillings" - but, hm, maybe not "forty shillings"? I dunno.

Yes forty shillings was used, but so was two pounds

Someone found a pre-1914 catalog (Army and Navy stores or Harrods) which
had a price of "fifty shillings" and on the next page "two pounds ten
shillings" was used.

My mother thought in shillings, my grandmothers in pence, but that was just

And for a real TMI story, one grandfather was reportedly able to estimate
the price of almost any retail item correctly, including ladies dresses !

So "I got such a bargain today."

"About six pounds nineteen and eleven."

"Uh, yes."

Little Egret