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I created this book as a timeless work of art, reminiscent of the medieval tomes. It is covered in antiqued dark brown leather. The metal brads placed in the corners and the lock and key have a patina to fit the overall antique look of this book. The brads will allow it to lay flat when open but the surface of the covers will never enter in contact with the table and thus will protect the decoration from scratching. I saw this system used in old books and I just loved it. The decoration of the covers is made by painting and tooling.

The spine was designed to resemble that of an old book; The raised bands were obtained with strips of leather underneath the one that covers it. It is decorated with leather paint.

The end pages are made of beautiful decorative paper, antique black color with an embossed flower pattern. The headbands are hand sewn by me from black and grey linen thread.

The book measures 10.2 x 7.3 inches (26 x 18.5 cm). It has 180 pages (360 sides) of white hand torn paper. The paper has 125 g/m² and it's perfect for writing and sketching in ink and dry media. The edges were toned by me to make the book block fit better the overall antique look of this book.

This journal is an art object. You can use it as a family book or as a secret journal, either way, you will love it once you’ll meet it.

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RESERVED. Leather Journal / Blank Book with Lock and Key, Dark Brown, Antiqued Leather - "The Brown Book"


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: leather, paper, cardboard, thread, lock, key, brads, glue, bookbinding boards, paint
  • Ships worldwide from Portugal
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