Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine white or light-yellow, very soft, and flexible leather, originally made from the skins of Rupicapra tragus, the Alpine chamois. Leather very closely resembling it in all its properties is now made from skins of sheep, goats, deer, calves, and from split hides, the coarser qualities being known as wash-leather. The skins are limed to remove the hair, steeped in a weak solution of lactic or acetic acid to neutralize the lime, and then frizzed or rubbed with pumice-stone or a blunt knife to remove the grain. Repeated fulling by pounding or rolling in oil, washing with weak alkaline solution to remove the oil, stretching, drying, and smoothing complete the process of manufacture.
“Here we paused, and he made a short speech, mixed in Gaelic and English, which was received with further applause, particularly when he reached into his sporran and tossed a small wash-leather bag to the landlord, instructing that worthy to serve whisky so long as it lasted.”
“Kuzma Vassilyevitch put on a smart new uniform, took into his right hand a pair of new wash-leather gloves, and, sprinkling himself with lavender water, set off.”
“He would then hold out his gold-headed malacca cane to be taken from him, and slightly spread his hands, gloved in bright wash-leather, to indicate that his coat, blue, lined with squirrel and collared with astrakhan, should be removed.”
“She remembered dressing, and seeing the moon; Andrew holding his plate too high at dinner; being depressed by something William had said; the birds in the trees; the sofa on the landing; the children being awake; Charles Tansley waking them with his books falling — oh, no, that she had invented; and Paul having a wash-leather case for his watch.”
““How nice it would be to marry a man with a wash-leather bag for his watch,” she said, for that was the sort of joke they had together.”
“Paul slipped a beautiful gold watch out of a little wash-leather case to show her.”
“But she would have liked to go, had it not of her thought (how lucky to marry a man with a wash-leather bag for his watch) she went with a smile on her lips into the other room, where her husband sat reading.”
“She is marrying a man who has a gold watch in a wash-leather bag!”
“Reise opened his purse and took from it a small wash-leather pouch, which he handed to Garric.”
“His wages in silver coins were in a wash-leather pouch hung from his neck on a thick strap.”
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