Now, here's something unusual for a change: a wheel to help you choose a mink! It describes the colors of each one: Arcturus (natural lavender), Aeolian (natural taupe), etc. It's 3.75 inches and in good shape. There is no date on this. You'll have to make up your own mind.
This wheel comes with a delightful and informative little booklet: All About Mink. Under "How to Care for Your Mink" it says to keep your fur in the vault of your furrier in summer but, "On the other hand, a 'little fur' -- a jacket, or stole, or mink wrap -- is likely to be worn right through summer in today's air-conditioned world...with breezy resort evenings to consider as well." I can't imagine.
There is no picture of the animal itself to be found in the booklet or on the wheel, so I have provided you with a picture of the mink I have in my own collection (really). I think it's a mink. Who knows?