Monday, September 13, 2010

MEANINGful Monday: Shagreen

A decorative leather made from the hide of a shark or stingray.  As a very durable yet exotic material, it was commonly used during the 17th and 18th century to cover small decorative objects such as books or clocks.  It is typically dyed green and has a surface of rounded protrusions. {English shagreen and silvered bronze humped back clock, circa 1895}

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