(W14) Bifold Wallet Russian Hatch Leather, Curved Pockets

  • £119.00


This bifold wallet has six card pockets, and two secret pockets behind the card pockets, and a wide notes pocket.
Its made from a rather special leather called Russian Hatch, which is pure vegetable tanned for 14 months in three types of tree bark, oak, willow and birch at a wonderful traditional pit tannery in Devon, England.  The leather has a hand rollered luxurious finish, and is infused with birch oil to make it last, and to give it a lovely rich distinctive smoky aroma. 
This wallet measures approximately 3.75 x 4.5 inches (95 x 110mm) closed. This is a luxury unique item made with great care and from the best leather.
The recipe for tanning the exterior Russian Hatch leather was lost with the Russian revolution, however interest in it was rekindled by the discovery of the wreck of the Metta Catherina a Russian ship that sunk in a fierce storm in 1786, when it was carrying a cargo of Russian leather. It was discovered off Plymouth Sound in 1973 and the leather in the centre of rolled hides was found to be still usable after nearly 200 years underwater.
The special tanning process produced leather that was resistant to weather, insects and time, and with a famous, distinctive and pleasantly smoky smell of birch bark which is more apparent when just made. After several years and close collaboration with Russian historians the traditional pit tannery in Devon has managed to recreate this leather, and its a super quality, with a lovely hand rollered hatch grain finish, the delightful distinct smoky smell, and rich colour all of which makes this leather very sought after.

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