Marten hair

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The tail hair from any of several small weasel-like animals of the family Mustelidae, such as the Martes martes or Martes zibellina. Martens are commonly found in Russia, Norway, Germany and Switzerland. The bluish-brown hairs are long, strong, and silky. Brushes made from marten hair are similar to sable brushes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Martes martes (Baum marten); Martes zibellina (black sable, Russian sable); Martes foina (stone or beech marten)

Resources and Citations

  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes', unpublished glossary, 1999

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