1910A.B. LamontRural Reader 144First in importance come the white feathers on the wings. These fetch the best price, and are known as ‘primes’.
1911O. Evans inS. PlayneCape Col. 55The process of clipping consists merely of cutting first the long white feathers, known as ‘primes’, which grow in a single row on the wing.
1930M.F. WormserOstrich Indust. in S. Afr. 11The whites and feminas grow in a single row at the outside edge of the wing...The primes or whites of the cock are of a superior quality to the feminas of the hen, the latter not being a pure white and often fringed with grey.
1956P.J. Botha inFarmer’s Weekly 14 Mar.The market for the aristocrat of feathers — wing ‘primes’ — is still in the doldrums.
1968J. Le Roux inF. GoldieOstrich Country 57Because one knows what primes were worth in the old days, one always hopes.
1973D.J. Maree inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.VIII. 398The highest price for selected primes (whites) recorded on the London market before 1914 was £112 per lb.
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