Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The caption reads: Houdan male as it looked when first imported into this country, in the sixties. [That, of course, refers to the 1860s.] It continues: An unpardonable crest nowadays, but still seen.
Houdans became popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. They were accepted into the original 1874 Standard of Excellence, with small V combs.
These lovely old illustrations are invaluable documentation of what these birds looked like. The care that went into them constantly amazes me.