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"Hand" cursor in macOS

What are the three vertical bars in the middle of the cursor supposed to represent?

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    Looks like a Micky Mouse glove to me. – agarza Aug 12 at 21:28
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    I believe it is a classic white glove which, in real life, had white piping on the back, three stripes of it usually... – Steve Chambers Aug 12 at 22:09
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    Even the Apple glove has a notch – Andreas Aug 13 at 0:00
  • Ah I see, never really grew up with Disney so didn't get the reference ha. It does seem to originate from Mickey Mouse's gloves and in turn from the types of gloves people used back in the day (1920s?). – Octocat Aug 13 at 2:32
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    We can quickly remove the 'why' in a case like this, & replace it with a 'what' - what is the hand symbol supposed to represent? – Tetsujin Aug 13 at 9:21
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It's a housekeeping, or butler's glove - similar to the ones Mickey Mouse wears.

The 'indentation' actually is on the underside in real life, & is usually a button-fastener, but liberty has been taken to give a more skeuomorphic look.

A tradition since at least Victorian times. A symbol of cleanliness & discreet, professional service.

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More images at Alamy - https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/white-gloves-butler.html

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