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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Mantil(l, n.2 Also: mantyll, mantle. [OF. mantel, manteau (1456, Godef. Compl.), e.m.E. mantel(l (1545), mantle; ? f. Mantil(l,n.1] A set of skins of fur containing a specific number. a. sing. b. plur. c. coll.‘The package was prob. so named because it contained sufficient for the lining of a mantle; and the number of pieces it contained necessarily varied considerably, according to the kind of fur it contained, and because it sometimes consisted of whole skins, and sometimes of special parts of skins’ (Donaldson, Suppl. to Jam.). For indications of the number of skins to mantles of various sorts of fur, see espec. quots. 1491 (b below), 1496 (a below) and 1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 305–7: it will be seen that the numbers are freq. 60 or 30.a. 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 15.
Coft … v mantill of banis to lyne a syde gowne to the King, … price of the mantill xiiij s.
1488 Ib. 153. 1496 Ib. 260.
xxti martrix skynnis price … viij li. … ane mantill of martrix price xij li.
1502 Ib. II. 36, 1512 Ib. IV. 204, etc. 1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 305; etc.
Cattes … poultes the hundreth, viii li., poultes the mantle, iii li., wombes the pane or mantle, iii li.
b. 1490 Acta Conc. I. 158/1.
jc buge & ane half hunder, jc buge in mantillis, thre mantillis banis
1491 Treas. Acc. I. 188.
For iiij mantillis and xxvj skynnis of bwge to lyne that gowne; price [£13. 7s.] … boycht til eyke it furth ij small mantillis and dimid.; price [£3. 15s.]
1490 Ib. 138, 1491 Ib. 190, 1495 Ib. 225, etc. 1494 Halyb. 37. Ib. 30.
2 mantyllis of gres, … 2 li. 6 s. 3 blak mantyllis, … 2 li. 17 s.
1503 Treas. Acc. II. 208.
For mantillis of jenettis, contenand iiijc bestis, and foure mantillis of riggis of leopardis to the said goune
1508 Rentale Dunkeld. 3. 1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 204. 1564 Reg. Privy C. I. 308.
Twa ballis of blak furring of buge contenand xviii mantillis
c. 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 15 (see a above). 1496 Halyb. 110.

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