Greenery and tannery

March 6th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest

We are seeing a lot of interest in our first foray into the colour green, in the form of the Allan New Living Translation Green Highland Goatskin Bible – and thought you might like to hear a little more about the origins of this particular leather.

A little like the wonderful antique dark brown we used for last year’s 150th Anniversary Commemorative Editions, or the rich blue shade currently making its appearance on the ESV New Classic Readers in Marine Blue, this wonderful dark green leather wended its way to our usual binders via a convoluted routeā€¦

In this particular case, the green leather came from a somewhat green – in appearance, though I suspect not in environmental credentials – home, in the form of the Pearce Tannery in Northampton. Northamptonshire was historically the home of the British shoe manufacturing industry and as a result had some very famous tanneries, of which Pearce was a leading light.

Back in the early part of the 20th century they were doing so well for themselves that they were able to commission a modern new-build art deco style factory and office complex – see photos attached.

Sadly, its heyday is long past and the building is now on the brink of being converted into a new apartment complex. So at least its wonderful architecture will be appreciated once more, if not for its original purpose.

In the meantime, we are certainly appreciative of this wonderful leather!

Art deco doorway at Pearce tannery

NLT Green Highland Goatskin

Art deco wonders at Pearce tannery

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