Quilt No.957KL - Kim and Melissa L'Estrange

Kim and Melissa L'Estrange
Owner: 
Kim and Melissa L'Estrange
Location: 
QLD South West
Maker
Maker: 
J J Jackson and Son
Made in
AUSTRALIA QLD
Date: 
1941 - 1970
Description: 
Fox skin rug of exceptionally fine skins with brushes incorporated into the design. It is backed with brown felt with traditional stamped scalloped edge. 1800 x 1500mm
History: 

The foxes were shot by Harry L'Estrange (1904 - 1994) on the family property 'Foriston', Meandarra, Queensland before 1945. Foxes were a great problem in the district In the 1940s, killing many lambs. The skins were dried and salted before being sent to J.J.Jackson and Son, furriers, in King George Square, Brisbane. The rug has remained in the family first with Harry and Lesley and now with Kim and Melissa L'Estrange. It is not used now.

Story: 

Jacksons had been furriers for 48 years in 1945 and this was the first fox skin rug to include brushes..

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