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post #16 of 45
You should probably have this turned into a legacy post. It is only going to get limited activity and participation but contains info that a lot of people (non-members, casual viewers) will benefit from.
post #17 of 45
Requesting giraffe pics out of curiosity... I've seen some boots for sale, but no detailed shots of the skin.
post #18 of 45
Thread Starter 
A bit of an odd rarity... a vintage Hermes elephant-hide shoulder bag.

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post #19 of 45
I used to own a bomber jacket made of elephant. The entire jacket was multi-coloured elephant hide patches and it weighed a ton. It was literally like wearing armor. You could do up the buttons and sit the jacket on a table and it would support itself as its own mannequin. The leather was that thick and strong. I purchased it second...make that third hand and it hung in my closet virtually unworn for years until I donated it to a Goodwill store. Though I have not one photo of me in the ugly thing I have no doubt that it still lives on somewhere.
post #20 of 45
I've only had elephant boots, but based on what the skin on those is like a jacket does sound impractical. How easy was it to, say, bend your arms at the elbows?
post #21 of 45
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Originally Posted by dsmolken View Post

I've only had elephant boots, but based on what the skin on those is like a jacket does sound impractical. How easy was it to, say, bend your arms at the elbows?

It had no lining and the leather plates would rub me everywhere i moved. I could move my arms minimally. Had someone attempted to rob me while wearing it, I would not have been able to raise my hands over my head. It was ridiculously heavy and cumbersome. I am only too happy that I was not the original or even second owner of this jacket. It seemed a good idea and novel purchase at the time but became a hot potato. I don't know what part of the hide was used but I will never buy or wear elephant again ever. It is too majestic an animal for me to wear it.
post #22 of 45

What do you gentlemen guess these are made of ? I have my guess, I picked these up from ebay and I don't think the seller knew what they had, nor did anyone else..........!

 

Vintage (date ?) Crockett & Jones Athlone model, they are the actual color in the lighter of the pics

 

What pray tell do we think the leather came from?

Just got my answer:

Thanks for your email.  The photos of the shoe are great.  What a terrific shoe!  The leather used was Peccary leather which comes from a wild boar.  The leather was often used for leather goods like shoes and gloves.  It is very distinctive.  We are checking with the factory to see if we can get an approximate production date for you.  Hold on to them!  They are a true sartorial heirloom.  Thanks again for your interest in Crockett & Jones.

 
Best regards,
 


 

 


Edited by jlconley - 6/13/12 at 10:43am
post #23 of 45
Those might just be a textured leather... but I can't say for certain. I don't recall CJ working much, if at all with exotics.
post #24 of 45
Those shoes might be made from seal hide. - I remember seeing an old pair of Church's which were marked as "Fighting Seal" (presumably that "fighting" refers to the old animals, not the cute little babies). I would place your shoes not later than the 60s.

Contact C&J, they might be able to give you more information.
post #25 of 45

If I could just somehow definitively substantiate that they are indeed a product of a good old fashioned seal / baby seal clubbing, they would be even more dear to my heart.decisions.gif

 

NO DICE, here is what they are:

 

Hello Mr. Conley:

 
Thanks for your email.  The photos of the shoe are great.  What a terrific shoe!  The leather used was Peccary leather which comes from a wild boar.  The leather was often used for leather goods like shoes and gloves.  It is very distinctive.  We are checking with the factory to see if we can get an approximate production date for you.  Hold on to them!  They are a true sartorial heirloom.  Thanks again for your interest in Crockett & Jones.
 
Best regards,
 

 

 

 



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Edited by jlconley - 6/13/12 at 10:45am
post #26 of 45

hi

 

can anybody pls help me identify these skin?

 

thanks for any help...

 

regards:) 

post #27 of 45

hi

 

can anyone help me identify what animal skin this is?

 

thanks for any help

 

 

regards:)

 

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post #28 of 45

hi again,

 

can anybody help me identify what animal skin this is?

 

thanks

 

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post #29 of 45
First post looks like elephant.
Second looks like an infection.
post #30 of 45

hi again

 

can anybody help identify this animal skin/fur?

 

thanks:)

 

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