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leather work - need help fast!

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:12 pm
by Sani
Hi there

I have a pair of 2nd world war officers riding boots, unfortunately my calfs are too big for the boots and Ive sent them off to "yee olde cobbler" in Pershore, who has stripped the seams from the boots in order to produce new seems which will expand the size of the calfs on the boots. However his supplier of leather is really crap; after the boots being sat there for 2 months he still hasnt done anything to them. Its getting close for when I need the boots (which will be July 15th as I have a wedding on the 18th in which I am to attend in said boots). Is there anyone out there who knows of a leather supplier? Or even someone who could modify the boots for me?

I really really need these boots for the 18th of July, and am desperate.

Tom Stewart

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:08 pm
by Nigel
suspect sallie of pipistrelle maybe able to help

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:42 pm
by Von Haig
The only leather merchant that i know off is.

J T Batchelor ltd,
9-10 Culford Mews,
London Ni 4D2,
tel 020 72542962.

And they seem to be re-enactor friendly. they might be able to help with a bit of luck.

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:00 pm
by border reiver

kieth lyonns (you should be able to find on line)


le prevo (newcastle upon tyne they have a 3w)


Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:28 am
by Neibelungen
They are most probably made with a fine box calf of that date.

Don't expect to be able to get it in a small piece though, it's usually half sides or upwards.

Not sure if Peter Prince is still working, but he spent a lot of time working for one of the oldest bootmaker in England and certainly would know how to repair them properly.

Thre's a thread somewhere stickied listing leather suppliers that would have decent box calf and might have a small offcut available. Metropolitan Leather might be able to help or LePrevo.

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:00 am
by Hobbitstomper
Try Midgeleys in Cheddar (on their trading estate)

Haven't got a contact number but they you can probably google them. They are a top notch leather supplier. You might end up buying a whole piece if you can't find anything in their scrap pile.

They are a couple of hours from you but Chedar is nice for a day out anyway. As far as I know they are only open through the week.

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:29 pm
by Sani
Cheers guys

Will get onto it ASAP.


Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:24 pm
by Tuppence
I'd also suggest sallie - she's a sadler so will have all sorts of leather in stock and is worth a shot.

email is pippistrelle[at]fsmail[dot]net (obv replce with relevent symbols - written like that so harder to harvest for spam)

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:46 pm
by Sani
Thanks Tuppence - email sent. :D

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:48 pm
by stephen wootten
or you could try nelsons footwear in settle in north yorkshire, he makes shoes boots ect, in period that you ask for. do a web search i know its in google.