"a small fur known as a stone marten round my neck"
Mounted beech marten
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMounted beech marten - Credit: Franco Atirador

The stone marten (sometimes known as the beech marten) is a small, agile animal with a long bushy tail, which is native to Central Asia and much of Europe. Its scientific name is Martes foina.

In the fur trade it is not particularly valuable, its pelt being considered inferior to that of the pine marten and the sable.

Stone marten collar
Public DomainStone marten collar - Credit: K├╝rschner