I recently purchased a mink stole on eBay. It's made up of 5 whole mink, complete with heads, tails and feet. They have beautiful rich dark brown pelts.
The mink are sewn together at points along the body. The lead head has a clamp mouth, it also has it's crocheted snap closure as well as long thin satin strips sewn to the inside of the end mink, I'm not 100% sure what they are for as I've never seen them before but I think they are to slip your arms through to help keep it on.
I just love them I think they are gorgeous and am excited to wear them even if I don't have a good event for them yet :)