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Rabbit fur colour?

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Come on then ,what colour where Rabbits in the 14th century??.Just got a load of fur coats to embellish our garb and we have a light brown, and a beige coloured one amongst them.Might seem a stupid question but you can get Rabbits in loads of different colours and fur types now.. :P

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Hilda Big Ears has a black with white speckled top and a white with black speckled tummy. Does that help?????

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Mostly the brownish colour of the wild ones.

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Ariarnia wrote:Mostly the brownish colour of the wild ones.
That's what I'd have thought too; it's called 'agouti', and it's not really brown.
It's made up of bands of colour, starting with grey close to the skin, then yellow and finally black at the tips....and white on the belly of course.
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Just spotted this, a chance to talk about something I knowl about (which makes a change on here!!!! :lol: normally I'm asking the questions! )

Rabbits came in the various colours they do now, just as squirrels did when we imported them.

The wild british brown rabbit we see today are an overspill from the Warrens set up by the Bishop of Winchester and the Royal Warren in Guildford 1208.( English fur trade in the late middle ages - London Record Society). There were many poachers!!!, and some inevitably got away.

At this time we were importing rabbit skins from Ireland aswell as northern europe, who had the different colours and mixes we have today.

So really anything goes!

Even grey squirrel skins were imported from Russia from the 13th Century onwards until we got our own!

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Back on the squirrel "hobby horse" again - to be pedantic, grey COLOURED squirrel skins were imported - the grey squirrel has a specific meaning today and couldn't have been imported until the colonisation of North America.
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latheaxe wrote:Come on then ,what colour where Rabbits in the 14th century??.Just got a load of fur coats to embellish our garb and we have a light brown, and a beige coloured one amongst them.Might seem a stupid question but you can get Rabbits in loads of different colours and fur types now.. :P
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