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Lettice (letus, letuse, lettews, laitice) was the term used to describe the white fur of the snow weasel. This term can be applied to a number of species of weasel, such as the least weasel (Mustela nivalis), that has a white winter coat. Its coat consists of short, fine under-hairs and longer guard hairs. Most lettice was imported into England from the Baltic, as indicated by the Great Wardrobe account of Richard II from 1390 that included a number of lettice skins imported by merchants of the Hanse. It was in use at the court of Edward III where it was less expensive than ermine but more costly …

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Maria Hayward, “Lettice”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 17 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000933>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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