1) A term used in the fur trade, said to refer originally to the boards between which skins were packed.

Examples of it in York suggest that by the sixteenth century it was being used of the skins themselves: 1500 Item for a furre of purde maid owt of tavillions of iiij yerdes wyde and j yerd depe viijd. Item for a fur of brode menevere makynge of tavilions vjd, York

1582 Item for a dosen tavilions making, York.

places York
dates 1500 1582

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