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#1 david robertson

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:49 AM

I've been asked to repair some badly damaged bellows from an early Wheatstone, but my usual supplier doesn't have any dark green leather to match the original.
It needs to be around 0.5mm thick for gussets, valleys and top runs, and I'm happy to cut and skive it myself (and to adjust the colour by blending dyes), but has anyone found a reliable source, please?
The other problem is with the white, green and gold papers. Because these early Wheatstone belows have such a big inset, the outermost papers are much deeper than the rest, and all of them are a few mm shorter than the widely available reproductions. Does anyone reproduce these odd sizes?

#2 Mike Hulme

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:46 AM

This place should be able to sort you out. 

 

Leather4Craft Limited

Unit 1, Norton Road,

Newhaven,

East Sussex

BN9 0BZ

 

www.leather4craft.co.uk

 

And they do have 0.5mm leather in stock.  We use it for Musette bellows

 

Cheers,

 

Mike



#3 Dana Johnson

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:58 AM

Alas, you are in the U.K. My supplier is specializing in bookbinding leather custom manufactured to his specs, a fair variety. I use his smooth historical goat. I think he exports. He is third generation in the leather biz. I bought my first leather from his dad on South Street in Boston. He had a big business in California for many years, but moved to North Carolina after a heart attack and decided to specialize in book binding leathers. It is all excellent quality, most of it archival tanned and prices are quite good compared to people who are just retailers. Check him out.
https://www.siegelleather.com/

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:57 PM

I got some Victorian green leather from
pittards last year. They may still have some. It was a good match for the rather bright green bellows I had to repair. For example https://www.pittards...eather-skin-5mm

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:14 AM

Thanks for your help, everyone.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 03:49 AM

smooth historical goat

 

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