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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 349 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHINESE DEER and EAST INDIAN.—Small, light, pelted skins, the majority of which are used for mats. Reindeer and other varieties are of little interest for use other than trophy mats. Thousands are taken for the leather trade. Value of Chinese Is. 2d. to Is. 6d. each. DoG.—The only dogs that are used in the fur trade in civilized countries are those imported from China, which are heavy and coarse, and only used in the cheaper trade, chiefly for rugs. Value 6d. to Is. Doc WOLF.—See Wolf, below. E RMINE.—SiZe 12 X21 in. Underwool short and even, with a shade longer top hair. Pelt light and close in texture, and durable. In the height of winter the colour is pure white with exception of the tip of tail, which is quite black. Supplies are obtained from Siberia and America. Best are from Ishim in Siberia. Used for cloak linings, stoles, muffs and trimmings, also for embellishment of British state, parliamentary and legal robes. When this fur is symmetrically spotted with black Iamb pieces it is styled miniver, in which form it is used at the grand coronation functions of British sovereigns. Value Is. 3d. to 8s. 6d.
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