True Shell Cordovan – Yup, it’s The Butt Cheeks of Horses

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What’s on sale this week? Simple: Horse butt cheeks. Ayuh.  True shell cordovan, but not stamped nor marked by the tannery in any way shape or form. Plain shells in that dark red/brown shade known as “Color Number 8”.  Small shells (front row on the left) are 1.5 sq ft and are priced at $60 each. Medium shells (front row, three toward the right) are 2-2.5 sq ft and are priced at $75 each.  Large shells (top two rows) are 3-4 sq ft and are priced at $90 each. These prices INCLUDE SHIPPING TO ANY USA ADDRESS. Nothing else to pay. Horse butts. Go figure.  What’s so special about cordovan? It’s the way the fibers are oriented in the skin – it’s a haphazard array that yields a leather that stretches very little at all. Prized for making shoes that don’t stretch, or watch bands, or archery finger tabs. Still, when you get right down to it, it’s the south end of a northward facing horse.