Antique Leather - Vintage Leather
When it comes to old leather the words "antique leather" and "patina" spring to mind. However, they are two different things.
The term "antique leather" usually applies either to furniture which is over 100 years old, or leather which has been given an antique look.
Antique leather due to the age
"Antique leather" can be described so because of its age. Objects are classed as antiques when they are about 100 years old. Rarely when 50 years old.
Antique leather due to the optics
We also call it antique leather when it has an old leather look. Mostly, this term is used with Chesterfield furniture, desk tops and embossed chairs. In this case, it is not the age of the leather but its look that counts. However, the term "vintage leather" is widely used for the appearance of old leather.
Antique Leather due to appearance: The rest are older Chesterfield sofas, but not old enough to classify as antique.
Patina appears when the leather changes due to ageing, but it is still attractive. A historic column with little cracks, or an old wooden ship with many signs of ageing can still be beautiful - like an old painting - even though they are damaged. It's the same with leather. A leather with patina doesn’t have to be 100 years old, it just needs to have the look of antique leather. In other words, showing signs of use which look to have aged well.
The difference between old leather with patina and modern leather is obvious.
Old-timer seats with a beautiful patina, even if the leather is already partially torn.
Upholstery leather: Even if the leather already has colour differences and ageing traces, it has a beautiful patina.
In this case the leather is broken and no longer beautiful. Therefore, it is not considered patina.
Worn and brittle leather is better described as soiled and brittle, rather than with patina. However, the armrest has a residual patina.
Patination is the process of making leather look like old leather. This is usually achieved by applying a a semi-transparent darker hue on Chesterfield furniture. The leather is then called rub-off leather.
Image 1 still doesn’t have a patina. - Image 2 has little patina. - Image 3 is intensively patinated.
Different patinated antique leather or rub-off leather effects.
Antique leather with signs of age can be restored depending on its condition. In the case of high-quality and historical objects, one should turn to professionally qualified restorers. Experienced leather repair shops are the right contact for collector's items. The existing substance of the leather must be checked and it must be stabilized and optically enhanced as carefully as possible.
Before and after pictures of the restoration of a beautiful leather folder.
Videos about the processing of antique leather
The post-patination of an antique folder.
The leather repair workshop: The patination of worn antique leather.
COLOURLOCK Antique Finish - COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver.
- Antique leather chairs
- Club chairs
- Rub off leather - Rub off finish
- Chesterfield furniture
- Vintage leather