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Notice from Fur Manufacturer regarding receipt of Inferior Skunk Pelts and Pending Price Reduction.. Belt, Butler & Co..New York, NY.Feb. 14, 1889
 Notice from Fur Manufacturer regarding receipt of Inferior Skunk Pelts and Pending Price Reduction.. Belt, Butler & Co..New York, NY.Feb. 14, 1889


 
Price: $50.00

Product Code: 20200666

Description
 
A 3 1/4" x 5 5/8" notification card printed on heavy stock, titled "SKUNK".  It is a notification to traders regarding the recent heavy receipts and the inferior quality of most of the Skunk sent advising that prices will particularly on all woolly, brownish and bitten skins that will be assorted into lower grades and assigned value accordingly. Other kinds of skins will continue to be paid at the prices quoted in their circular of February 14, 1889. . Belt, Butler & Co. were sellers of wools, hides and furs. Skunk pelts are divided into four grades, with the most prized being the ones with a greater amount of black. These grades are further subdivided in value according to their locality, with the most valuable occurring in northern regions, where the fur is finer and darker.  Skunks are notable for being easy to trap, even approaching traps they had been previously caught in. Because skunks are difficult to kill without having them discharge their musk (and thus ruin their fur) they were typically dispatched with a paralyzing blow to the lower back or drowned if caught in a box trap.