Archive for January 17th, 2012

Ledbury Free Union Belt

Fellow Dandy Mr. Courtney let me know about this very handsome Free Union Belt from Ledbury’s Commonwealth Collection. The quick release feature on the buckle is a great idea.

Crafted from large-hide English bridle leather, The Free Union’s Tobacco leather strap has been stripped, beveled, stitched, dyed and burnished, all by hand. The buckle is a unique quick release mechanism first employed as a hose clamp by England’s National Fire Service in the 19th century. Cast locally, it is formed from a high-density white bronze metal. Over time, the white bronze will develop a slight natural patina, giving each buckle its own tint and character.



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