The fur trade has some interesting secrets. There is a skilful method of working sable and other small skins of the same description. By this means what looks like one large skin can be made out of two or three small ones.

The skins are first carefully matched, and then almost cut to pieces. The bits are afterwards joined again, all the necks put together like one large neck, all the centre parts like one large centre, and, lastly, all the tails are formed into one thick tail. When thus joined up the effect is marvellous, and it has all the appearance of one big skin to the uninitiated.

Then the " shading " or " topping " of fur is also an admitted process. " Shading " dors not mean that the entire fur is dyed, but that the tips of the hair are lightly brushed over with a dye which gives a darker colour. If expense is an object, there is no need to avoid " shaded " sables. The skins are adorned, not falsified.

A sable coat

A sable coat

Henri Manuel