Special Consular Reports Volume 54-60

Special Consular Reports Volume 54-60

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... appears to make it disadvantageous to ship to the United States skins with the wool on. The wool is sliped by several different depilatory processes, either bv sweating or by treatment with caustic soda and sulphur or sulphide of sodium. Considerable of the wool so removed, chiefly that around the edges of the skins, is usually injured by the use of these chemicals, but this toss appears to be offset by a certain amount of increased weight in the pelts. As a ride, English trade seems to like the heavier pelts treated by chemicals, while the American trade prefers pelts from which the wool has been removed by sweating. In the New Zealand trade the term "pelts" always means the sheep or lamb skins without the wool. In the preparation of the skins before being pickled for export an ingenious American machine is used to scrape off all the fleshy surfaces. The demand for New Zealand lamb pelts from the United States is stronger than from any other country, and it is understood here that the greater part of the pelts that go to London eventually find their way to the American market. At the industrial exhibition held in Wellington there was an interesting exhibit of the different uses for New Zealand sheep and lamb pelts, including bookbindings, pocketbooks, bags, Masonic regalia, "chamois skins," and substitutes for various high-class and fancy leathers. EXPORT TRADE. Sheep and lamb pelts and skins exported from New Zealand in 1910 amounted to 7,810,580, having a total value of $3,607,337. In 1888 the number sent away was 1,040,401, and their value was $400,714. During the last three years there have been steady gains. Rabbit skins are also an important article of export from New Zealand, and have increased considerably...show more

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  • Paperback | 436 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 776g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818326
  • 9781236818324