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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[..]