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box calf

a chrome-tanned calfskin with square markings produced by graining.
Origin of box calf
1900-05, Americanism; allegedly after Joseph Box, a London bootmaker Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The soaking, liming and deliming processes are the same as for box calf.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • Glac calf is made much in the same way as box calf, but there is no graining at all.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • Whichever process of tanning has been used, the skins are neutralized and washed thoroughly, as for box calf, sammed and shaved.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • They are now dressed to a large extent in imitation of box calf, being much cheaper.

  • The dyeing of box calf is generally done in the drum tumbler, but there are several other methods.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • Willow calf is exactly the same kind of leather as box calf, except that it is dyed brown instead of black.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
British Dictionary definitions for box calf

box calf

black calfskin leather, tanned with chromium salts, having a pattern of fine creases formed by boarding
Word Origin
C20: named after Joseph Box, London shoemaker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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