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Lady's vintage genuine fur hand muff
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This lady's hand muff dates from the 1930's. Made of genuine dyed sheared black beaver fur, lined with silk of a matching color. It has 2 small tears in fur (which can however be "rotated" to disguise them). Muff measures approximately 10" x 11" cylindrical. In spite of decades of wear, this muff is still a lovely & chic & charming way to warm pretty hands!

According to Wikipedia, a muff is a fashion accessory for outdoors usually made of a cylinder of fur or fabric with both ends open for keeping the hands warm. It was introduced to women's fashion in the 16th century and was popular with both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. By the early 20th century, muffs were used in England only by women.[1] It is also reported that the fashion largely fell out of style in the 19th century. It briefly returned in the late 1940s and 50's.[citation needed]
In Roman times, the place of the glove was taken by long sleeves (manicae) reaching to the hand, and in winter special sleeves of fur were worn. In Medieval Latin we find the word muffulae, defined by Du Cange as chirothecae pellitae et hibernae. He quotes from a cartulary of the year 817, of the issuing to monks of sheepskin coverings to be used during the winter. These may have been, as the Roman certainly were, separate coverings for each hand, although the cartulary cited also distinguishes the glove for summer from the muffulae for winter wear. The Old French moufle meant a thick glove or mitten, and from this the Dutch mof, Walloon mouffe, and thence English "muff", are probably derived.[1]
Questions & Comments
I had one of these as a little girl that was on a string I worn around my neck and it hung down in front of me so I could put my hands inside of it ; I loved it but my dog I had at the time as a kid loved it too guess he thought it was a little rabbit :( I cried :( anyways very neat item you have on auction ; I am watching you'r other auction for that very pretty green scarf.
Jan 22nd, 2014 at 12:42:12 PM PST by
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Thanks for the nostalgia! I have mixed feelings about "selling" this muff...for nostalgic reasons, too...but we just moved, and the time has come to Clear Out Some Space Around Here:)
PS The green scarf you noticed is truly drop dead gorgeous,too!
Jan 22nd, 2014 at 1:17:21 PM PST by
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Me too! I had a white rabbit muff, and my dog enjoyed it to pieces also.
Jan 23rd, 2014 at 6:25:44 PM PST by
I had been looking for a black muff for ages. Then ran across 2 in the same day while I was out antiquing. Bought them both!
Jan 24th, 2014 at 7:43:21 PM PST by
F, W & B :) I collect vintage hats & purses. I also had a muff on a string as a child like another Listian commented above
Jan 25th, 2014 at 4:38:02 PM PST by

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