Originally Posted by wurger
I am wondering was shiny bookbinder corrected grain leather first introduced to create the shell cordovan look like a much lower cost?
As for Bookbinder, I presume there was another reason because shell cordovan was less popular.
(Bookbinder was registered in 1986.)
As for Polished Cobbler, I presume it was substitute for shell cordovan. According to Allen Edmonds' Catalog (http://issuu.com/allenedmonds
), shell cordovan is discontinued from 1970 to SS 1983. Polished Cobbler first appears in SS 1978 and on the cover of FW 1978.
Here is a letter dated Jun/18/1981, which says "very short supply" of shell cordovan.
BTW, a long-ago corrected grain seemed to be dull finished.
Where a piece of leather reaches the finishing stage with an imperfect grain, it is often, if not flesh-finished, submitted to an operation called "snuffing." The latter consists in smoothing down the grain on a wheel armed with carborundum cloth, or similar abrasive, by means of which a very satisfactory surface can be obtained, although it will, of course, lack the natural grain markings. Such "snuffed" leather is of secondary grade and is sold as corrected-grain calf, under various mysterious trade names.