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Cowhide chair
MFA# 1990.497


Cowhide covered harp
MFA# 1994.194

A durable Leather made from the unsplit or grainsplit hide of any bovine, such as Bos taurus. Cowhide produces a tough, strong leather with a coarse grain. Vegetable tanned cowhide is used for sole leather. The grainsplit portion of cowhides are used for luggage, upholstery, handbags, harnesses, saddles, and belts.

Synonyms and Related Terms

cattle hide; cow hide; Bos taurus; ox hide

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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
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at

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