What is Horween Shell Cordovan Leather? Reversed?
Horween is a world famous tannery based in Chicago Illinois that has been in operation for over a hundred years. The term "shell" refers to a very specific type of leather that only comes in a round shape from the rump of a horse. The biggest a single shell can get is typically around 2.5 square feet. The hyper density of the leather has to do with a membrane in that part of the horse. It takes months to create this amazing leather and it is not cheap due to the low amount of available horse hide.
Rare, twice as durable and dense, and the top of the line.
Care Tips: The glossy finished surface withstands much of the elements and abuse. Use Saphir Cordovan Cream on the surface for restoration and beauty, but be sure to match the color of the cream to the color of the item. Otherwise, use any quality leather conditioner to add protection and restore moisture to dry leather. For reverse Shell Cordovan items, treat the leather as you would Natural Veg Tan. It will be readily absorbent to liquid and markings which makes it excellent for patina hunters, but requires an occasional conditioning every few months for protection against moisture/dust/etc.
"A product made of shell cordovan will last multiple lifetimes. The best part of using shell cordovan in a wallet or watch strap is the natural rubbing a wear placed on the shell which starts developing an amazing patina that develops with each use. It is similar to having a fine wine that you can drink every day and keeps getting better. - Nick Horween, All About Shell Cordovan"
What is Reversed Shell Cordovan?
Port Wallet in Natural Horween Shell Cordovan (reversed). Before and After wear.
Port Wallet in Burgundy Horween Shell Cordovan (reversed). Before and After wear.
Since Shell is so dense, it can be used reversed for a couple of reasons.
- Color: For the unique splatter dye look of where the tanners let the dye casually fly.
- Stamp: Sometimes you're lucky to receive a bit of the Horween ink stamp that will show off the world famous leather being used. Be aware that the ink stamp will fade and wear off with time and use.
- Patina: The patina developed by the reversed Shell Cordovan is some of the best around.