Natural Nutria Fur Coat Lovely vintage knee length coat made of luxurious natural nutria or coypu fur. Not plucked or sheared and is in its natural color it is light to rich brown. Shawl collar has notched lapels and is lined in black leather. Front opening overlaps and closes with two loops over fancy woven leather buttons. There are two matching buttons on the other side. Lined in satin. No size label but I would say Small. Measurements: Back length 32” Shoulder seam to seam 16” Underarm to underarm across front: 18” Sleeve length: 20” The coypu is a semi-aquatic mammal native to South America. It first became internationally popular as a fur in the 1930s, when it was worn by Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo, It resembles beaver, with stiff guard hairs and a soft, short undercoat. It was originally imported to the southern United States – possibly as early as the 19th century, although in larger numbers from the 1950s – to reduce the population of muskrat. Some escaped and found the swamps of Louisiana ideal territory, leading to their common name of swamp rat. With the decline in the fur market in the 1980s, the population mushroomed and threatened the stability of the wetland ecosystem by eating away the plants that hold the swamp together.
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