J & FJ Baker 🇬🇧 - Reindeer Birch Calf Leather - 200 Year Sunken Treasure Leather (HIDES)

J & FJ Baker 🇬🇧 - Reindeer Birch Calf Leather - 200 Year Sunken Treasure Leather (HIDES)
J & FJ Baker 🇬🇧 - Reindeer Birch Calf Leather - 200 Year Sunken Treasure Leather (HIDES)
J & FJ Baker 🇬🇧 - Reindeer Birch Calf Leather - 200 Year Sunken Treasure Leather (HIDES)

J & FJ Baker (UK)

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  • Article:  Reindeer Birch Calf Leather
  • Tannage: Veg Tanned
  • Full Grain: Yes
  • Finish: Full Aniline
  • Firmness: Firm (7/10)
  • Cut: Full Side
  • Grain (Top): Cross Hatched
  • Flesh (Bottom): Smooth
  • Dye: Dyed Through
  • Burnishable: Yes
  • Splitting: Yes, down to 0.6mm  *Please note split leather cannot be returned & if hide is wider than 27" we will need to cut it into 2 pieces to fit the splitter (We cut closer to the belly side)
  • Restocked: Yes, every 3-4 months 
  • Yield: High 85%+, With a natural product like leather, there can be areas with neck and back wrinkles, veins, scars, bites, loose grain, but in general this article can expect an overall high cutting area. This leather being full aniline (meaning the leather is very natural with no extra finishing on the surface to hide any flaws) darker colors will better hide any areas of concern. A key skill of using full aniline leather is the ability to work less desirable areas of the hide into the less visible areas of your projects. Overall this article has a high cutting yield.
  • Discounts: Yes, volume discounts automatically applied on full hides. Note Paypal does not load the discounts, please pay with credit card instead

Please note the images are a representative of the actual product, however computer and device screens vary as do dye lots. The leather you receive may look different than it appears on your screen. We suggest that you request sample(s) before ordering when color is critical. Product descriptions are to the best of our knowledge, if you notice any errors please contact info@rmleathersupply.com


    The reproduction of the famous Russian Reindeer Birch calf leather has quite a unique history. On December 10th, 1786, the Metta Catharina set sail from the Russian port of St. Petersburg bound for the Mediterranean Sea with precious hemp and leather. On its voyage, the Catharina was caught in an intense storm and was forced to shelter in the Plymouth Sound. While the crew was able to safely reach shore, the storm broke the Catharina from its anchor and was lost at sea. Nearly two centuries later, divers were able to track and locate the ship along with its cargo scattered on the seafloor. Remarkably, the leather hides were perfectly preserved despite being underwater for nearly 200 years. After discovering these hides they were highly sought after for some of the most expensive leather goods and have since been a part of the lore.

    With careful research, the tannery has been able to reproduce the hides in the same tanning process using Willow Bark and curing with Birch oil. This process gives the leather a unique smoke smell. This leather can "bloom" as the wax ages, the white layer can be worked back into the leather with a horsehair brush. This leather is a part of eastern lore and is a great way to add a cool background story to your projects.


    • 5oz (~2.0mm)


      • Full Side:  ~18-23 square feet
      • 1/2 Side: Available upon request
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      We offer volume pricing discounts for this article in FULL HIDES.

      • Buy 2 Full Hides: 3% Off
      • Buy 5 Full Hides: 5% Off
      • Buy 10 Full Hides7% Off
      • Buy 20 Full Hides10% Off
      • Buy 25 Full Hides (Single Color): Contact us for Tannery Direct