Handmade Black English Bridle Leather
20mm x 18mm. Tone-on-tone stitching.
Material: Genuine Calfskin
Bridle Leather refers to the way that a piece of leather is finished at the tannery. Bridle leather has both the Flesh and Grain side of the leather stuffed with greases and finished with wax. This is generally a labour intensive process, thus expensive. Only the best grades of leather are treated like this, it would be uneconomic to treat poor quality leather in this way.
Bridle leather has a grate depth of colour that changes over time and ages well. It is smooth, comfortable and flexible. It is strong and durable. Bridle leather is used frequently for horse riding saddlery. The riders life literally depends on bridle leather not failing unexpectedly. Its is subjected to high loads, and must tolerate this time after time. An item of saddlery is typically expected to last for 10 or more years of use, so not only must the leather be strong, but it must survive poor weather, dirt, everything being in contact with a horse throws at it for many years.