Individually Handmade Keyrings For Classic Vehicles Made Here In England & Shipped Worldwide

Vintage RUSSIA REINDEER HIDE 'bottle' shape keyring

£75.00

This listing is to order a bottle shape Russia reindeer hide keyring.

‘Bottle’ shaped keyrings made from 225 year old Russia Reindeer Hide recovered from the wreck of the Danish Brigantine ‘Metta Catherina’ ( The story of The Russia Leather follows the description of the keyrings ) :-

We are now producing these keyrings using a specially selected grade of this incredible 225 year old leather.

This is a very finite resource & we now have only just one hide left to work with .

Reindeer hide is not thick enough for us to make the standard of keyring which we are now very well know for- so we laminate and hand stitch two thicknesses of leather together to produce these remarkable keyrings.

£ 75.00 seems a very small amount to pay for the amount of selection & workmanship which goes into each one of these little works of art – not to mention what to us was a colossal investment which we had to make in buying our small stock of hides 15 years ago.

Careful leather selection has to take place for each keyring .

Your keyring will be unique in terms of texture & colour ( no two are ever the same ) and the leather from which it is made has no equal in this modern world.

You are buying a tiny piece of history literally frozen in time dating back from the late 18th Century .

Each keyring is accompanied by a descriptive certificate of authenticity – this can be seen in the photos.

All the best stories start with ” It was a dark & stormy night……….” and this story is no exception !

In late November 1786 the Danish Brigantine ‘Metta Catherina’ set sail from the Russian Port of St.Petersburg bound for Genoa in Italy with a cargo of leather hides & hemp.

On 10th December 1786 she had reached a position off Plymouth on the South coast of England and sought shelter in Plymouth Sound from a  storm of increasing strength – but all to no avail as the storm continued to increase and the ship was then wrecked & lost.

Two centuries later ‘Metta Catherina’  was discovered by divers and some of the cargo was found to be in a remarkably good state of preservation after over 200 years on the sea bed.

Much of the leather had been very tightly bound which had resisted the ingress of water.

Having been recovered the leather was identified as being Reindeer hide which had been tanned in the traditional Russian way using birch oil & willow bark which gave the leather a lovely smoky aroma – which can still be smelled today !

In the late 18th Century the world was in awe of Russian leather which was of a quality never equalled before or since.

The quality of leather used to make cavalry boots & saddles could be decisive in winning a battle which could win or lose a kingdom – rather like the old story of the horseshoe nail where the kingdom was lost for want of a horse shoe nail …….for want of a nail the horse was lost, for want of the horse the messenger was lost , for want of the message the battle was lost etc……

England sent spies to Russia to determine how the leather was made – the spies were caught & never returned – being hung for their troubles.

The secret of the Russia leather was never discovered and was finally lost forever during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917.

Just £ 75.00 buys a little piece of this incredible story which is told in the certificate which comes with each keyring sold.

In addition to the bottle shaped keyring which can be bought in this listing any badge which we list in our website shop can be ordered mounted onto a Russia leather keyfob in either bottle, classic rectangular  or teardrop shape.

The price of this is £ 75.00 in addition to the listed price of that keyring .

These cannot be ordered directly using the website shop – please email us with your requirements.