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Re: Turkey leather

Dear Becky,

No such luck. Its goat skin. Named for the country of origin. It used to be
in the 16th and 17th centuries most of the goat skin imported to England for
binding came from Turkey. The early skins had some sort of oil treatment
before de-hairing and were stained a dark red before the tanning process.
Similar to the process in North Africa which took over the trade late in the
17th century (there for the name Morocco for skins from there). The name
Turkey stuck though to all similar leathers imported into England.

It all gets a bit muddled but that is pretty close.

Kurt K.

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