"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…

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…

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…

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 heraldic shield with a field argent with the powdering sable.

Ermine Shield

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

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,…