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Seal Rocks
MFA# 2013.5494
Seal fur muff
MFA# 63.63


The pelt of a seal prepared as a smooth-grain, soft Leather. Seal furs have dense fibers with occasional guard hairs that are usually plucked out. Sealskin was formerly used for book covers, clothing, and Inuit tents, but use has declined significantly in recent years. Seal products are currently banned in the US from sale and import.

Sealskin stencil
MFA# 2019.622

Synonyms and Related Terms

seal skin; seal fur; seal leather; pin seal; kid seal

Physical and Chemical Properties

Good durability.

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Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 696
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937