The skins used by the London furriers for making muffs, boas, and tippets, are submit-ted previuusly to a singular process, called tubbing " The workmen are ranged in tubs along the sides of an apartment, or shed, r ou1house, in a yard, or sume secluded spot London. Every tubber, with the exception f those who may be unwell, who may taen wear a loose sort of jacket, which, however, ells against the efficiency and rapidity of his workis altogether naked ! The tub in which the man works reaches up to the waist, nd a thick yellowish cloth is thrown over its op, which the workman keeps very now nd then gathering about him, andnwhich he caedraw aruund him like a bag, so that while t his labor the upper part of his person alone s visible. There is no water or any other Uid used in tubbingfbut the fleshy part of the skins are all buttered, and with the cheap-st butter or scrapings, and in some places ancid butter, when such things are purchase-ble in sufficient quantity. Sawdust is used, which gives the buttera firmer tread, and ends to aid, by its friction, in scouring skins ; prepared, the men tread, and the perspira-tion which sometimes pours from them is onsidered better and readier for the cure of he skins than any butter or other fatty com-ound, which are looked upon as merely aux-iliary to what uozes from the workman's bo-dy, And in this way men's sweat is forced or hours together into the skinny parts of the urs which are tu be'. ladies' muffs, boas, and ippets.
This article was originally published with the title "Novel Manufactory"