Black Goat & Vintage Calfskin Bifold


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Dimensions: 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Folded
Capacity: 6-8 Cards, Papers, Bills
Materials: Italian Antiba Goat, Vintage Ohio Leather Company Calfskin

In an effort to get myself back into my regular routine for the new year, I’ve been making some inventory pieces. This is a great time to go through my stock of leather and try new ones or revisit old ones. In this case I got to do both: I tried some Italian Antiba goatskin for the first time, and also went back to some of my earliest and oldest leather. In this case, I chose to pair a black goatskin interior with a pebbled calfskin exterior made from some locally tanned leather dating back to December of 1968.

This is my standard six slot bifold design, featuring six card slots, two hidden slots and a dedicated billfold. It folds down to around 4 1/2″ wide by 3 1/2″ tall and is slim and elegant; if you are used to the traditional concept of what a wallet is then you will be very comfortable using this one. I wanted to break up all the black, so the upper stitch line is done in a line silver just to put a bit of visual interest there. It is the material used that sets this wallet apart from my others of the same pattern, however.

The Ohio Leather Company operated locally from the turn of the century until the early 70’s when it shut its doors for good. The operators of this tannery were some of the earliest pioneers of the chrome tanning process, and it employed a vast number of people throughout its lifespan. Almost everyone here knows someone who worked there, or even worked there themselves at one point. The factory is long gone but the land is now in the process of being renewed into a baseball field and park, which will be a wonderful use of that space.

I came into possession of this leather from a relative who had received a large number of sample swatches taken after the closure. Most of them are dated, ranging from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s which would be right around the time the plant ceased operation. This particular piece of pebbled calfskin, intended for use as a shoe upper, was processed in December of 1968.

I view it as a great privilege to continue the legacy of this local company by continuing to use their product decades later. If it wasn’t marked as such, you would be hard pressed to tell that this leather is almost sixty years old. It feels brand new, and is a worthy selection for one of my wallets.

The Antiba Goatskin has a nice stiff temper and prominent grain pattern that makes the interior as pleasing as the outside. It has a fully lined interior for ease of use and an exceptionally luxurious feel in the hand.

Like all of my wallets, this is hand stitched with polyester thread and the edges are painted black to match the rest.

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