Sable needs the most careful treatment. When not in use it should be taken out from time to time, lightly wiped over with a cambric handkerchief, and then either shaken or beaten. A gentle beating is best. A light cane should be used, and, after beating, the fine hairs should be combed lengthways and across - a coarse, three-inch comb is best for this purpose, and is the sort generally used by furriers. If sable has been rained upon it should be hung up to dry in a current of air before it is put away again.
The story goes that a precious sable coat which had got wet was hung on a fire-guard to dry with direful consequences. The fur changed colour after a short time, the hairs came out, and in the end the costly coat was ruined.
Good sable is portable property of much value, and its care in the summer needs some forethought. The best plan is to put one's* treasures into the hands of a good furrier who knows his business, and whose cold storage rooms are fitted up with all the latest improvements.
In this case the furs should be duly insured against fire and burglary. But in these days of chilly summers many women prefer to keep their sables always in their own houses. In fact, a smart woman may often be seen wearing her fur on a cool day when driving in a motor in the afternoon, or at a cricket match at Lord's, or at one of the race meetings. But moths mean mischief; and if good sables are kept at home they must be stored in a zinc-lined box or in a cedar chest for the sake of safety. And if the skins are of great value, or if we have what the furriers call a " mothy " summer, each article should be stitched into a linen bag or wrapper, and only taken out as occasion demands.