Once upon a time those who sold garments made of animal fur sometimes offered them in a way that confused potential buyers. Names of different animals were often compounded with other words or made up altogether like; Hudson Seal which was actually Muskrat, River Mink which was also Muskrat, Musquash which again was Muskrat, Chinchilla Rabbit which was actually just Rabbit, Coney which was also Rabbit, Sable Mink which was actually just Mink, and there were many others.
That was until the United States Congress passed the Fur Products Labeling Act of 1951 to protect consumers. The act actually went into affect in 1952.
Some of the major parts of the act said;
- A fur title and description of a breed or species cannot contain the name of another animal.
- No more trade names, coined names, or fictitious names allowed in the advertising, labeling, or invoicing of real furs.
- Fur garments must be labeled and invoiced in conformity.
- Invoices must include the true animal name and the origin of the animal fur
- Garments exclusive of animal fur trim are exempt from the act.
Then in 1956 consumers were offered even more protection when the Fur Label Authority label was added to fur garments. This label assured consumers that the furs complied with the guidelines set forth in the Fur Products labeling Act and were manufactured under fair labor standards. This label included an identifying number that matched the number on the invoice which again required the name and origin of the animal to be included.
Now you know what that Fur Label Authority label means when you see it and if you see it you know your fur garment is 1956 or later. Thanks for reading. Until next time.