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FUR-FARMING IN CANADA   105

THE LONDON FUR MARKET

Many skins are manufactured and used in the country The London of their origin, but the bulk of the world's fine furs are Auction Sales sold at auction in London. These sales are held in June,

October, January and March, but most skins are sold at the winter sales, particularly the March sale, which attracts numerous buyers from all parts of the world. A large proportion of the pelts are purchased by brokers on a commission basis. The Hudson's Bay Company's auction sales are held first and, as no reserve bids are placed on the skins offered, the results are taken to represent the state of the market. Messrs. C. M. Lampson and Co., Messrs. A. and W. Nesbitt, Frederick Huth and Co. and Henry Kiver and Co. are the chief firms selling American furs.

LONDON FUR SALES FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 31st, 1906

Size in

 

No. of

Size in

 

No. of

inches

Kind of Fur

Pelts

inches

Kind of Fur

Pelts

24 x 12

Badger   

28,634

27 x 13

Lamb, Tibet   

794,130

 

"   Japanese   

6,026

 

Leopard   

3,574

72 x 36

Bear   

18,576

45 x 20

Lynx   

88,822

36 x 24

Beaver   

80,514

18 x 12

Marmot,   linings

and skins, equal

 

 

 

 

 

to   

1,600,600

9 x 4t

Cat, civet   

157,915

16 x 5

Marten, Baum   

4,573

18 x 9

"   house   

126,703

16 x 5

Japanese   

16,461

30 x 15

"   wild   

32,253

16 x 5

Stone    

12,939

9 x 4

Chinchilla, bastard.

43,578

16 x 5

Mink, American   

299,254

12 x 7

"   finest   

5,603

 

"   Japanese   

360,373

 

Deer, Chinese   

124,355

30 x 15

Mouflon    

23,594

12 x 2i

Ermine   

40,641

12 x 8

Muskrat or Mus-

 

 

 

 

 

quash, brown   

5,126,339

30 x 12

Fisher or Pecan   

5,949

 

black   

41,788

12 x 3

Fitch   

77,578

20 x 12

Nutria   

82,474

20 x 7

Fox, Blue    

1,893

18 x 10

Opossum,American

902,065

24x 8

"   Cross   

10,276

16x 8

Austral'n

4,161,685

27 x 10

"   Grey   

59,561

 

Otter, land   

21,235

 

Japanese   

84,219

50 x 25

"   sea   

522

 

"   Kit   

4,023

20 x12

Raccoon   

310,712

24x 8

"   Red   

158,961

17 x 5

Sable, American   

97,282

24 x 8

"   Silver   

2,510

14 x 4i

Japanese   

556

20 x 7

"   White   

27,463

15 x 5

"   Russian   

26,399

 

Goats, Chinese   

261,190

40 x 20

Seal, fur   

77,000

 

 

 

 

"   hair   

31,943

24 x 9

Hares   

41,256

15 x 8

Skunk   

1,068,408

 

Kangaroo   

7,115

10 x 5

Squirrel   

194,596

 

Kid, linings and

 

 

linings   

1,982,736

 

skins, equal to   

5,080,047

 

Tiger   

392

12 x 21

Kolinsky   

Lambs, linings and

114,251

 

Wallaby   

60,956

 

skins, equal to   

214,072

50 x 25

Wolf   

56,642

 

Lamb, slink   

167,372

16 x 18

Wolverene   

1,726

 

 

 

20 x 12

Wombat   

193,625

Note.-The Persian lambs, astrachans and Russian squirrels are sold and manufactured in Russia and Germany.


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