This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Muffler. A term derived from the French word amusler, to cover. The muslau or muffle is a word of French derivation which has been in use for centuries to describe a cover for the mouth, nose, and even the whole face; hence our word muzzle. Muffler, in early times, was the name of a sort of veil worn by females. The French at present call their winter gloves moufles, and single pieces of stuffed fur with which a woman covers her hands, a muff. In the United States a muffler is a neckerchief, wrapper, or scarf, made of cotton, wool or silk, and worn around the throat for the procurement of warmth.