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This book is made of natural leather that I bought in a leather shop. However it is not new - according to the owners, it has almost 50 years old (30 years only in storage, which made it get a wonderful patina). This particular piece has a patina applied to it that gives it a beautiful brown color and antiqued aspect due to the leather's uneven surface.

I designed this book to resemble as much as possible a medieval tome. The metal brads placed on the covers are made of brass. They allow the book to open flat while protecting the covers, as their surface will never enter in contact with the table preventing thus the design from scratching. I saw this system used in old books and I just loved it.

The spine was designed to resemble a real book cover; The raised bands were obtained with strips of leather underneath the one that covers it. It is decorated with leather paints.

The leather is doubled by cardboard covered in matte black paper. The end pages are made of beautiful bookbinding paper, brass color with a slightly raised floral pattern. The binding is longstitch, made with strong linen thread.

The book has around 145 pages (290 sides) of hand torn antiqued paper. Around 2/3 of it is lined, the rest is blank paper. The paper is itself an artwork, as I stained it using pigments and acrylics to give it an old stained aspect. The paper has 120 gsm and will work for both writing and sketching in ink and dry media.

The book measures 9 x 6.7 inches (~23 x 17 cm).

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

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RESERVED. Key Book. Brown Vintage Leather Journal with Antique Key


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: leather, paper, thread, key
  • Ships worldwide from Portugal
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