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F17R-FARMING IN CANADA   103

fur is cleaned with a comb. The heavier pelts are fleshed down thin, thus completing the operation of dressing for the majority of skins."

 

 

Well-dressed furs afford a maximum of warmth for a

Warmth and minimum weight, while their suppleness lends an ad-Weight of Furs

clitional advantage to them for clothing purposes. The

warmest garments of manufactured material are made from the stiff old-fashioned box cloth and, even where warmly lined, afford only two-thirds as much protection from the cold as fur, while being more than four ounces per square foot heavier than raccoon. The following table furnishes an approximate estimate of comparative weight and durability of the various furs when worn, fur outside, as body clothing:

COMPARATIVE DURABILITY AND WEIGHT OF FURS

 

Points of

Durability

Weight in Ounces

Per Sq. Foot

The Costly Furs—Standard, Sea-otter

Sea-otter   

100

4}

Seal    

75

3

Sable    

60

2}

Silver or Black Fox   

40

3

Ermine   

25

1}

Chinchilla    

15

1}

The Less Valuable Furs

Standard, Unplucked Otter

Otter (unplucked)    

100

4

Otter (plucked)    

95

3 15/16

Beaver(sheared)    

90

4

Beaver (plucked)   

85

3 15/16

Raccoon   

75

4i

Skunk    

70

2}

Mink   

70

3}

Persian Lamb   

65

3}

Baum Marten (natural)    

65

2i

Sable    

55

2}

Stone Marten    

40

2}

Northern Fox (natural)    

40

3

Muskrat (natural)    

37

3}

Opossum   

37

3

Muskrat (plucked, sheared and dyed)    

33

3}

Nutria    

27

3}

Lynx (natural)   

25

2}

Squirrel    

25

It

Fox (dyed black)   

25

3

Lynx (dyed black)   

20

2}

Fox (dyed blue)   

20

3

Broadtail   

15

2}

Marmot(dyed)   

10

3

Moleskin    

7

1}

Hare   

5

It

Rabbit   

5

2}


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