(W8) Leather Wallet made with Russian Hatch Leather exterior.
This is a vertical wallet with six fully sewn in card slots, and two secret pockets behind the card slots.
The leathers used in this wallet are both rather special:
Exterior: 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 aroma.
Interior: Pure vegetable tanned hatch grain wild deerskin which has been pit tanned by small artisan tanneries using mountain stream water in Northern Europe, to produce some of the most natural and unadulterated leather available.
This is a six card wallet, three each side, with secret compartments below for notes, tickets and receipts etc. The wallet measures approximately 3 x 4.75 inches (75 x 120mm) closed. This wallet has full thickness leather on the outside, and the inside panels have been skillfully thinned, to make the wallet less bulky in the pocket, at circa 3/8 inches (9mm) thick unfilled. This is a luxury item made with great care and from the best leathers.
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 has managed to recreate this leather, and its a super quality with a lovely hand rollered hatch finish, the delightful distinct smoky smell, and rich colour all of which makes this leather very sought after.
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