Leather - (Material)

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Leather - (Material) Leather-covered furniture figures widely in the inventories of the sixteenth century. For Cromwellian chairs a favoured covering was leather fastened with brass-headed nails. Later came painted and gilded leather and about 1750 red morocco as a chair covering was in use. Generally speaking leather was employed on chairs that were made for hard usage. Leather hangings, popular in some Continental countries such as Spain, never seem to have found much favour in England.


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