The rabbit’s skin provides a great variety of fur for the market. It is dressed and clipped to various lengths of hair and dyed every shade of brown, mole or gray. Even the manner in which the skins are pieced and sewn together affects the appearance and it is a skilled department of the trade to imitate the fur of animals rarer and therefore more expensive.
Even in the wild, the skins vary much in beauty and softness but the tame-bred rabbits offer greater variety and more opportunity to the skilled craftsman of producing a lovely soft fur whose common origin none but an expert can recognise. By the way, I am sorry to note a return to the absurd fashion of a band of fur round the bottom of the coat. No doubt it recurs every now and again but I remember it best as common when I was a girl.
The coats then were tight-fitting to the waist and full at the foot and I had a great admiration for a handsome young woman who possessed a long black coat with an eight or nine inch band of dark brown fur round the foot — where it would be, I suppose, several yards wide and only two or three inches from the ground. Fur round the cuffs is a more sensible way of keeping the arms warm than by wearing a muff. Still better are fur-backed gloves.
Muffs seem to be used now only by society women (they are a comfort in a motor car) or by very old fashioned people who turn out their ancient muffs every winter as a matter of habit.