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FUR-FARMING IN CANADA   109

"There were 480 silver fox skins sold at the March, 1910,

Other   auctions, which brought £540 as the highest and £9 as the Offerings

lowest price. In June 64 of these skins were offered, the

prices ranging from £230 down to £5, and at the October sales 167 skins brought prices from £150 to £36.

"At the March Lampson sales, there were also offered 3,315 white hare skins, prices for which ranged from 51d. to 4d.; 1,311 Persian lambskins, prices 23s. to 3s.; 307 sea-otter skins, prices £350 to £4; 763 bales of North American rabbit skins, prices 8d. to 3d. per pound; 689 fur sealskins (dry), prices 13s. to 2s. 6d.; 2,124 hair seal-skins (dry), prices 6s. 9d. to 1s.; 2,410 wombat skins, prices 2s. 11d. to 7d.; and 928 wolvelene skins, prices 46s. to 4s. At the June auctions 200 brown bearskins brought prices varying from 90s. to 9s., and 4,100 marmot skins from 3s. 1d. to 1s. 9d.

"At the December seal auctions, 13,584 Alaska skins were offered in 1910, against 14,350 in 1909, and brought from 240s. to 80s., which was somewhat lower than in the earlier year. From the northwest coast came 12,589 skins, against 13,972 in 1909, the prices averaging a trifle higher in 1910 than in the preceding year and ranging from 168s. to 35s. Prices were 10 per cent. lower for South Sea skins, the number sold being 1,060 in 1910, compared with 2,086 in 1909, and the returns being 182s. for the finest quality and 78s. for lower grades. Cape Horn skins numbered only 213 in 1910, compared with 912 in 1909, but the prices, 58s. to 38s., were 25 per cent. higher.

"It will be realized that in the valuation of furs so much depends on size, condition, colour, age, district, etc., that a mere list of prices is no guide to the fluctuations of the auction-room value of the skins."

PRICES OF SILVER Fox SKINS

Emil Brass, a German commercial agent, who, for thirty-

Annual   five years, has been engaged in collecting statistics of the Production

fur trade, states that the average number of fox skins pro-

duced annually in the period from 1907 to 1909 was 2,042,300. The following figures are based on his estimates:

COMMON RED Fox   ( Red skins   1 , 515 , 000

(Vulpes vulpes)   jl Cross skins   18 , 000

Silver skins    4,300

 

 

Por.At Fox   White skins   105,000

(Vulpes lago pus)   Blue   "    11,000

MTFox   64,000

(Vulpes veloz)    

GnEr Fox   000

(Urocyon cinebrensargentatus) J    


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