A passport case cut from 18th century Russian hides. In 1973, divers off England’s Plymouth Sound found the wreck of an eighteenth century brigantine that sank in 1786 with a cargo of reindeer hides. They had been cured in baths of rye or oat flour and yeast, hand embossed with a varied cross-hatching before being soaked in wood liquor, hand curried and then soaked in seal oil and birch tan oil. This leather is literally a piece of history, and once it is gone, it is gone forever.
Hand made in London with a 1786 Russian hide interior.
Height – 5.25″ (13cm)
Width – 3.75″ (9.5cm)