British bridle horsehide!!!

Yep, you heard it right.

Bridle -horse-leather.

For a leather nerd like me it doesn’t get much better than this!

A very big thanks to Scott at Don’t Mourn, Organize! for sharing this rare hide and the fantastic work on this coin pouch šŸ™‚

It’s a coin pouch of my design, modified by Scott for the purpose of crafting.

4 custom copper burr rivets and 2 NOS US mil. spec snap buttons combine to make a stitch-less construct.

The colour in indirect sunlight is a shade of mahogany covering a cherry red base.

The colour runs deep, as does the natural shine.

The tonal variegation of horse leathers is especially evident, and this makes for an interesting contrast with the irregular “triangles” of the horse grain.

The grain is incredibly dense (almost elephant skin density), and it’s natural texture can’t be matched by its chrome- & re-tanned cousins.

The Poms areĀ geniusĀ curriers, the best of the bunch since the Russians forgot how to make their “red” leathers – this bridle horse Ā demonstrates clearly how a slow & gentle tannage and the traditional hand-processing of leathers really do make a difference!

The finish both on the grain and on the corium is velvet like to touch, a feature which makes British bridle so desirable!

The magic, however, starts when the rays of sunlight bounce off the horse grain:

The horse-stripes – the result of natural creasing and colour variegation – begin to appear.

Then, carefully adjusting the viewing angle, you see it…

The magnificent combination of horse-stripes and the innate lustre of bridle horsehide:

Simply stunning…I’m almost afraid to use this coin pouch now~

To be honest, I always held the opinion that a high quality vegetable tanned horsehide is a better leather than shell cordovan.

This bridle horse just made my conviction that much stronger.

The depth of shine, the natural horse grain, the wonderful colour variegation and the bridle texture that is so comfortable to touch…

A perfect leather for gentlemen’s carry goods!

Thanks again to Scott for the heads-up on this fantastic leather – to learn more, drop him a line at:Ā dontmourn AT


6 thoughts on “British bridle horsehide!!!

  1. Hi Mike,

    Thanks so much for the awesome review. When that hide arrived at my house, I was blown away. It came with two sides of cow bridle in a similar weight that are also stunning but nothing compared to the horse. This hide (to the best of my knowledge is a prototype). I know that it took several months to process it. I’ve been waiting almost a year. My only hope and wish is that Clayton will have another go at it, and that they will continue to sell it to small timers like me. I’m genuinely afraid that these hides will get swept away by the major producers. You are so right about how vegetable tanning can be every bit and more luxurious to it’s re-tanned cousins. Thank God for tanneries like Claytons that are still willing to do things the right way!



    1. Too right mate! Thanks again for the pouch. I do hope they will make the horsehide bridle a regular product with no minimum buy… it socks that a lot of tanners won’t support the little guys…

  2. Stunning design, And the leather is to die for.
    I am truly blown away by the color depth and grain of the leather.

    Cheers mike!

  3. simple construct and design. and appealing color and that uneven tones with the stretch/growth marks. well now to see if there’s a pure vegetable tannage for shells

    1. Hey Andre,
      I think shell cordovans are mostly vegetable tanned but heavily processed thereafter. Not super sure though, as most shell producers keep their ‘recipes’ a secret. But seeing how modern shell cordovan development is closely associated with that of the re-tanning of leather, the tannage may be more complicated than a simple bark tan.

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