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Craspedophora mantoui

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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 12:56   #1
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Craspedophora mantoui

Here I am again, trying to find out the first name of the French feather dealer named Mantou. I hope everyone is doing well.
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 02:02   #2
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...the first name of the French feather dealer named Mantou.
In 1859 a Mr. M. Mantou ran a business in Paris that made de coiffes de casquettes et chapeaux souples en tous genres piquées et gaufrées. As part of this business they imported and sold feathers or plumes . The old ornithologists would go over and look at the feathers to see if there were any novel ones.
In the days
when the plume trade was flourish-
ing, tens of thousands of bird of
paradise skins went every year
through the hands of the great plume
dealers in the Indies, Paris, Amster-
dam, and London. These dealers,
among whom the Dutchman Duiven-
bode and the French dealer Mantou
were best known, discovered each
year in their shipments from New
Guinea a few skins that did not seem
to belong to any known species. Lord
Rothschild and other collectors were
willing to pay fabulous prices for
these specimens. .
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 04:34   #3
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For what it's worth, here's a link to a document which mentions a "Mme E. Wogue-Mantou" as a feather-dealer in Paris: This appears to be from the 1930's, so perhaps a descendant of M?

And here's another document: http://brittlebooks.library.illinois...i00003_ocr.txt which also puts "Mantou" at 8 rue Violet as a bulk feather dealer, but again with no given name.
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