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Beaver Fur
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The European beaver (castor fiber) is a semi-aquatic rodent; it was the largest rodent known in medieval Europe. The average pelt length is 90 cm (35 inches) excluding the tail. However, the regulations of the London Skinners Company of 1438 stated that beaver skins were to be worked a length of 35 cm (14 inches). The guard hairs are black or reddish brown and approximately 7.5 cm (3 inches) long, while the under-hairs are blue-brown and approximately 2.5 cm (one inch) long. The fur could be used in its own right as a lining or tr…

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Maria Hayward, “Beaver Fur”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000791>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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