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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Handicrafts  >  Leatherwork

Sample of sheepskin for handbag, pre-1948

This is a sample of green imitation reptile-skin-embossed sheepskin to be used in manufacturing handbags and travel goods, made by BE Cooper and Co Ltd, London, and denoted sample No 256. It is one in a series of seven cuttings sent to Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd of North Richmond, Victoria, in 1948. The sample is part of ...


Leather bicycle helmet, c1930s

This is a leather bicycle helmet, lined in navy felt, made about 1930-39. An attached label reads '7/6 ea'. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The helmet is 12.5 cm long x 28.0 cm wide x 12.5 cm high.


Brass crocodile mould for decorating leather

Made from brass, this is a mould of the head and neck of a crocodile. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The mould is 21.5 cm long x 11.5 cm wide.


Brass kangaroo mould for decorating leather

This is a heavy brass raised mould with the design of an upright kangaroo carrying a joey in her pouch, the rising sun behind her and a foliate pattern beneath. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria.


Press knife for cutting out gloves, pre-1939

This is part of a set of press knives used to cut out leather gloves at Simpson's Gloves, prior to 1939. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The press knife is 29 cm long x 22 cm wide x 5.5 cm high.


Box of press studs, c1930s

This is a box containing 20 compartments filled with various types of press studs. A label on the lid of the box (not shown) reads 'approximately 10 gross of varied coloured buttons all complete'. The press studs were made in various places, including France and England, for use at Simpson's Gloves. The box is part of the ...


Glove patterns, c1970s

This is a selection of cardboard and metal glove patterns from the Simpson's Gloves factory. Glove patterns were initially cut out in paper, cardboard and sheet metal; the metal patterns were then given to knife manufacturers who made press knives for cutting out the leather. These patterns are part of the Simpson's Gloves ...


Glove cutters, c1955

These are heavy metal glove cutters used at Simpson's Gloves in the 1950s-60s. These cutters consist of a back or front piece (with the index finger fully enclosed) and a separate cutter for the thumb. Another cutter was required to cut the remaining section of leather (to cover the three other fingers). They are part of ...


Embossing machine for leather patterns, c1930s

This is an embossing machine that was used to heat-apply patterns to leather at the Simpson's Gloves factory. It is 42 cm long, 79 cm wide and 57 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria.


Revolving plier punch

This is a pair of pliers with a revolving end on one jaw, on which six punch bits in graduated sizes are mounted. The pliers measure 23.0 cm long x 6.5 cm wide x 2.0 cm deep.


Shoe sample, 1933

This is an incomplete shoe sample. It is made of navy leather with white leather decorative detail. It has a narrow strap fastened on the side with a small white-metal buckle.


Simpson's Gloves labels, c1930-75

These are four Simpson's Gloves product labels. They are made of circular gold-coloured card, with cotton thread tags for attaching to products. The labels are printed with 'Simpson's' in red followed by 'TRADITIONAL QUALITY' in black. Each label has a diameter of 64 mm.


Simpson's Gloves factory, 1930

This is a framed black-and-white landscape photograph showing the exterior of the Simpson's Gloves factory in Victoria Street, Richmond. The photograph measures 49.6 cm x 34.7 cm.


Framed embroidery

This is a framed embroidery, made with wool, depicting an early, unofficial Australian coat of arms. The coat of arms is composed of a blue shield of four quarters that encloses a burgundy cross with five small white crosses, one at its centre and the others on each arm of the cross. The first quarter of the shield displays ...


Captain Cook's travelling chest, mid-18th century

This leather-covered wooden chest, which is 78.2 cm long, 38.7 cm wide and 34.7 cm high, belonged to sailor and explorer Captain James Cook. It is made of fruit wood, possibly cherry or apple, and is covered in dark olive-green leather on which brass nails or upholsterers' tacks form patterns. The outside edges are protected ...