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18a117 viewsBeech martins (Martes foina) is a very handsome martin of southern Europe originally but has moved north of the Mediterranean region. It is a little more solidly built than the pine martin and is equally as agile but does not spend so much time in trees. There are several variations.
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18b114 viewsThe underside of beech martins have a large whitish throat patch often running into the inner front legs.
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18c112 viewsTanners printed their logo or trade mark on the inside of the pelt.
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18d122 viewsA pine martin (Martes martes) for comparison. The throat patch is usually crème, yellow or orange with a darker fur, but where species overlap they interbreed with the beech martin and sable. The Kida martin is a hybrid between beech and pine.
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19120 viewsThe Sable (Martes zibellina) lives in the far north east Europe and Russia, almost hunted to extinction for its pelt and foot bristles for paint brushes. It is still trapped in Russia and used for hats and coats.
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19a108 viewsClass A sable pelts. They have large feet, ears and thick tails.
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19b111 viewsThe underside of beech martins have a large whitish throat patch often running into the inner front legs.
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19c106 viewsTanners printed their logo or trade mark on the inside of the pelt.
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19d112 viewsA pine, beech and sable martin (in order from top), for comparison.
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19e112 viewsA mix of variety in coat colour.
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19f107 viewsAmerican mink (Mustela vison) is very similar to the European counterpart (M.lutriola) and was very fashionable in women’s clothing. It was farmed all across Europe, creating many different fur colours. The animals established themselves in the wild and became a so called pest. Of course man is the pest for taking them in the first place and cruelly farming them, then allowing them to be.
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19g110 viewsThe European mink is almost exactly like the American species and behaves in the same way. It may be more chestnut in colour with white on the upper lip. It is now a rare animal. The animal has not done as much harm as conservationists declare as there are many other factors regarding the natural balance of nature especially water voles and birds in the UK. These skins were made as stoles for women to wear. Many still survive in the UK but it is more fashionable on the continent.
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