Buff leather

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A soft, thick, suede-finished skin obtained from the inner split of a cowhide, elk, or buffalo. Buff leather is finished with oil tanning then sometimes grained to give the appearance of the outer hide. It is usually an undyed, cream-color.

Synonyms and Related Terms

buffed leather; buff; buffelleer(Ned); rundleer (Ned);

Resources and Citations

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982

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