Morris Kaye vintage fur coatsWhen you’re a fur enthusiast, you know the value of your standard, real fur coat. You know of several different types of fur coats in existence and you realize that even those you’ve never knew existed are surely hot commodities to another fur lover just like yourself. That’s why, if you’re the fortunate owner of a particularly rare fur coat, you may want to pass it on to someone who’ll appreciate it even more than you. However, we at Morris Kaye & Sons caution you to tread carefully with that kind of decision! Some furs are absolutely illegal to sell, and any attempts to do so could land you in hot water. In this blog, we’ll tell you about some varieties of fur you should never bother putting on the market.

Ocelot Fur

You can identify ocelot fur by its oblong spots, outlined in thick black circles. This particular type of fur is plush but short, and may be either a full- or half-length coat. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has officially banned all consumption of ocelot fur coats, as well as any other types of fur coats made using the pelts of big cat species. The same also happens to go for bears and primates. The reasoning for this is because such species are mostly, largely endangered.

Seal Fur

Almost everyone has witnessed the controversy surrounding seal hunting. There are horror stories all over the internet about baby seals being clubbed to death for their meat and pelts. As such, it may serve as no surprise that seal fur coats are prohibited for sale. There is a catch to its banning, however. The CITES really only places its kibosh on seal pelts from certain areas of the world, as well as which parts of the world you can sell your furs in. If you live in or are planning to travel to Europe and are wanting to get some vintage fur coats off your hands, don’t count on finding any sort of success! You can only do so if you’re of Inuit descent. Furthermore, the furs you are trying to sell must be made from animals from the northern hemisphere, as well as a cultural relic.

What You Should Do

So, what should you do if you wind up with a real fur coat you can’t sell? Your next best options may be to keep them, so you can use them as you like, or donate them. Cultural organizations, zoos and museums may all appreciate your valuable fur for reasons that extend beyond fashion!

Whether you’re looking to sell fur or buy a new piece of your own, Morris Kaye & Sons is here to help you every step of the way! Get in touch with us to learn more about our services and even sample our current inventory. We’re dedicated to helping every fur enthusiast in Dallas and San Antonio find the perfect piece of apparel.