History: Deerskin

Some of our most popular gloves are made from deerskin. Here are some interesting facts about deerskin.

Winter Deer

Winter Deer

  • Stone age people, cavemen, and hunter gatherers all over the world soaked deerskin hides in brains. Deerskins were the most commonly tanned, worn and utilized skin because of their durability, softness and availability. They were the basic “fabric” of pre-historic times. Today deerskin is much more scarce.
    Zulus Working with Deerskin

    Zulus Working with Deerskin

    African Deerskin Shield

    African Deerskin Shield

  • Israel is referred to in the bible as “The land of the deer.”
  • Deerskin is one of the most difficult leathers to work with, both in it’s tanning process, and in the making of leather goods.

    Deerskin Hides

    Deerskin Hides

  • Deerskin was used for bookbinding purposes as long ago as the 8th century.

    14th Century Bookbinding

    14th Century Bookbinding

  • The first piano was invented in Florence, Italy in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655 – 1732). Cristofori’s invention was a simple keyboard with strings that produced different sounds when struck by small wooden hammers covered with deerskin.
  • The Deerskin Dance is one of the Native Americans’ most sacred rituals. The purpose of the ritual is to renew the world or “firm the earth”, as one tribe described it. This ceremony includes songs and dances that have been preserved for countless generations.

    Native American Deerskin Dance

    Native American Deerskin Dance

  • Many of the animals that the Native Americans killed for food also furnished skins for clothing. Deerskin was fashioned into shirts, leggings, dresses and moccasins. In the winter, both deerskin and buffalo clothing was worn and decorated with dyed porcupine quills or shells and glass beads.
    Native American Tools for Tanning

    Native American Tools for Tanning

    Native American Deerskin Gloves

    Native American Deerskin Gloves

  • Deerskin has a long and valued tradition in American history. It was the original “buck skin”.
    Buckskin Jacket

    Buckskin Jacket

    Civil War Style Deerskin Gloves

    Civil War Style Deerskin Gloves

  • Tandy Leather is one of the largest sellers of deerskin in America. It’s founder went on to start Radio Shack.
  • Deerskin produces one of the strongest, softest, most durable, and comfortable gloves you can wear.
Deerskin Gloves Today

Deerskin Gloves Today

Click here to see our deerskin gloves.

Copyright © 2013 Darryl Abrahms