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Our new resin lined leather tankards and jacks are now available!

During the last few months we have been quietly, industriously working on some major changes and improvements to our products. We now feel that our new lining is ready to be made available on our website. To say that we are happy with the changes to our drinking vessels would be an understatement, we are absolutely over the moon!
When we started searching we knew that not just any modern resin would do. It would have to be one that fits with the history and ethos of our products. Historicall[..]

Solo: A Star Wars Story and our Leather Drinking Vessels

We have some exciting news that we have been longing to pass on.
Almost a year ago we received a message out of the blue enquiring about our drinking vessels for use in a film. Anyway, long story short our drinking vessels were bought by the production team for use in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Phew! Said it! We’ve been eager to say something and now that the film has opened, we finally can.
We haven’t seen the film ourselves yet (too busy making tankards) but I saw a trailer and[..]

Leather Tankards Lining

For many years, we have been using Brewers Pitch, one of the traditional a sealants for leather tankards. Unfortunately, the material has recently been withdrawn from the market due to low sales, there aren't as many leather tankard makers as there used to be.
We have considered using one of the other traditional sealants, beeswax, but that comes with it's own set of problems. Firstly, it's very expensive, and secondly, it doesn't last very long. Leather drinking vessels have to be re-beeswa[..]

Hidebound at Manchester Christmas Market & Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2017

Once again that time of year has rolled around. It’s Christmas time. Hidebound are already in our traditional spot at the wonderful Manchester Christmas Market which runs every day until 21st December. http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500241/christmas_markets
I'm here in Albert Square with all of my leather tankards, leather goblets (I'm still not sure why people call them chalices) and leather Jacks. Manchester Christmas Market runs until 21st December and is open every day from 10am[..]

Ideal, unusual Presents and Gifts and clever thinking.

With Father’s Day just around the corner our thoughts turn to the unusual gifts that our leather tankards seem to become.
We used to know that the ideal present for a woman was definitely a leather wine goblet. Nowadays, ladies appear happy to drink out of either a wine goblet or a leather tankard. Personal preference, of course but the trend is striking from our point of view. However, the ideal and unusual present for a man is still a large leather tankard or leather jack.
That [..]

When is a pint not a pint.

Hidebound`s sale of leather tankards and leather leather jacks covers a very wide range of customers which inevitably includes historic re-enacters. We have had complaints that we mark all our vessels with a Hidebound stamp and that they would prefer no markings so as not to compromise their hobby. Our answer tends to surprise them.
William of Orange, being the William III we hand carve in to the body of some our tankards, was the first monarch to legalise the measured pint in England. Ho[..]

What is Leather?

What is leather? It seems to be an easy question to answer but that has not always been the case. The Leather Sellers Guild was formed in 1215 to cover all aspects of leather products, producers and tanners. Early the following century, there were arguments between leather jack makers and glove and hat makers. It was argued that because gloves and hats were made from much finer leather than the leather used for jacks and leather tankards, it followed that glove and hat makers were of a much [..]

Drinking Vessel Names. Piggin Whistle or the Pig and Whistle?

Over the years, we've gathered many stories and pieces of knowledge about drinking vessels from all kinds of sources and we have always wondered what to do with this information.
After all we find this interesting (for obvious reasons) but would anybody else?
This blog seems to be a good way to bring all these bits and pieces of information together for anyone who may be interested.
So, let's start with the Piggin Whistle.
Leather drinking vessels enjoyed many different names in vari[..]

Christmas Fayres and Markets - 2016

Hidebound is attending two Christmas markets this year, Manchester Christmas Market (we’ll be in Albert Square) from 10th November to 21st December http://www.manchester.gov.uk/christmasmarkets
We’re also attending Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, (we’ll be on Angel Hill) from 24th – 27th November http://www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk/
Christmas Markets have a long history in Europe and particularly Germany. One of the first in the UK was Lincoln, still oper[..]

For Christmas what do you buy the man or woman who has everything?

Would they like a traditional British leather drinking vessel?
Historically, most people would have used leather, pewter or wooden drinking vessels, only the very wealthy could have afforded glass. Possibly even only Royalty. Even then sometimes a household would possibly only have owned one very special glass which would have been passed around the worthy members of the household, as it was so precious, and breakable. Maybe seven years of bad luck came about because glass (and therefore mirr[..]