"This enterprising merchant, founder of the American Fur Company, was born in a village near Heidelberg, in Germany." —The Popular Cyclopedia, 1888

John Jacob Astor

"This enterprising merchant, founder of the American Fur Company, was born in a village near Heidelberg,…

A woman beating her fur with a rubber hose.

Beating Furs

A woman beating her fur with a rubber hose.

"The Beaver is a quadruped of the order Rodentia, or gnawers, the only species of its genus. It is very widely distributed, being found in the N. parts of Europe, Asia, and America, nowadays most abundantly in the N. and thinly peopled parts of North America, dwelling in communities on the banks of rivers and lakes."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Beaver

"The Beaver is a quadruped of the order Rodentia, or gnawers, the only species of its genus. It is very…

"Checky, sable and argent. CHECKY. The field covered with alternate squares of metal and fur." -Hall, 1862

Checky

"Checky, sable and argent. CHECKY. The field covered with alternate squares of metal and fur." -Hall,…

"Chinchilla is a genus of South American herbivorous rodents very closely allied to the rabbit, which they resemble in the general shape of the body, in the limbs being longer behind than before, and by the nature of the fur, which is more woolly than silky."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Chinchilla

"Chinchilla is a genus of South American herbivorous rodents very closely allied to the rabbit, which…

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, vair, represented by alternating azure (blue) and argent (silver) bell shapes with horizontal lines.

Counter-Vair Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, vair, represented by alternating azure (blue) and argent…

Tiled damaskeening with floral ornaments used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Damaskeening

Tiled damaskeening with floral ornaments used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute…

Damaskeening of bendy with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Bendy with Scrollwork Damaskeening

Damaskeening of bendy with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration…

Cross hatched damaskeening used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Cross Hatched Damaskeening

Cross hatched damaskeening used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended…

Damaskeening with a floral bend sinister used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Floral Bend Sinister Damaskeening

Damaskeening with a floral bend sinister used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute…

Damaskeening with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration intended to enliven the various tinctures without interfering with the effect of the colours or altering the coat." -Whitney, 1911

Scrollwork Damaskeening

Damaskeening with scrollwork used in heraldry. "Damaskeening is the name given to minute decoration…

A heraldic shield with a field argent with the powdering sable.

Ermine Shield

A heraldic shield with a field argent with the powdering sable.

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, ermine, represented by sable (black) ermine spots on argent (silver).

Ermine Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, ermine, represented by sable (black) ermine spots on…

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, ermines, represented by argent (silver) ermine spots on sable (black).

Ermines Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, ermines, represented by argent (silver) ermine spots…

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, erminois, represented by sable (black) ermine spots on or (gold).

Erminois Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, erminois, represented by sable (black) ermine spots…

The skin of a beast, either raw or dressed.

Hide

The skin of a beast, either raw or dressed.

"Per pale, or and azure, on a chevron, three mullets all counter-changed. COUNTER-CHANGED. The intermixture of metal with colours opposed to each other." -Hall, 1862

Mullets Counter-Changed

"Per pale, or and azure, on a chevron, three mullets all counter-changed. COUNTER-CHANGED. The intermixture…

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, pean, represented by or (gold) ermine spots on sable (black).

Pean Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, pean, represented by or (gold) ermine spots on sable…

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, potent, represented by alternating azure (blue) and argent (silver) T shapes.

Potent Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, potent, represented by alternating azure (blue) and…

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, potent-counter-potent, represented by alternating azure (blue) and argent (silver) T shapes.

Potent-Counter-Potent Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, potent-counter-potent, represented by alternating azure…

The pug is a breed of small, short-haired lap dogs, probably of Oriental origin, and introduced into Europe by way of Holland in the sixteenth century. The breed is characterized by the shortness of the face and uplifted form of nose. Only a fawn color, with blackish face, was known until about 1875, when a wholly black variety was introduced into the West from China. The pug is essentially a house dog, good-tempered and affectionate. Unless restrained, it becomes extremely fat. Its weight should not exceed fifteen pounds; its form should be compact and elegant, though robust, with straight legs, the face much wrinkled and forehead high, the coat smooth and silky, and the tail always tightly curled over the hip. The face and thin, small ears should be black, and in the fawn-colored breed a blackish line should run along the spine.

Pug Dog

The pug is a breed of small, short-haired lap dogs, probably of Oriental origin, and introduced into…

The species found in Alaska and the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea is the fur seal.

Fur Seal

The species found in Alaska and the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea is the fur seal.

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, vair, represented by alternating azure (blue) and argent (silver) bell shapes with horizontal lines.

Vair Shield Fur

A shield or escutcheon emblazoned with the fur, vair, represented by alternating azure (blue) and argent…

This portrait of the artist, Tiziano Vecelli was etched by Agostino Carracci. The most famous quote by this artist is, "The whole world without Art would be one great wilderness."

Tiziano Vecelli

This portrait of the artist, Tiziano Vecelli was etched by Agostino Carracci. The most famous quote…

"Vicuna is a native of the most elevated localities of Bolivia and northern Chile. It is very wild, and has resisted all attempts to reduce it to a state of domestication. It is the smallest species of the genus, standing only about 30 inches at the shoulder. It is extremely active and sure-footed, and is seldom taken alive. In habit it somewhat resembles the chamois, as it lives in herds in the regions of perpetual snow. The soft, silky fur is in much demand for making delicate fabrics, and many thousands of these animals are slaughtered annually for the sake of the skins. "—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Vicuna

"Vicuna is a native of the most elevated localities of Bolivia and northern Chile. It is very wild,…