I'm new to this variety/breed. My son wanted his own flock of "rare" birds so picked up some breeder eggs for Easter Hatch. From what I've been reading on them it seems we reaccuired some Europe and some lines were recreated from scratch. Records show we first produced them late 1800's and shipped some to England. They petered out here in the States and were reintroduced and recreated late 1900's. Like I said, new to this variety but that's what I'm getting about history of them so far. The Foley line, which I have, I'm pretty certain he recreated. Took him a decade.