Do people collect the animals?

The animals are becoming increasingly sought after particularly older pieces that carry the “Liberty of London” stamp. The product has been exported to the USA since the 1960’s, when they were sold through Abercrombie & Fitch. They can be found in house sales, auction sites, antique dealers all over the world.  Some of our customers have quite a collection!  One elderly pig made over £800 at a Sotheby’s Stately Homes auction.

Do people give them names?

Yes! Our owners love to give their animal a name.  “Cornelius the Elephant” –  “Ronald the Rhinoceros” – “Babe the Pig” – “Henrietta the Hippo”

The name of your animal can be recorded on the Owners Database for posterity!

Do the leather animals make good presents?

Yes, wonderful.  They are ideal as wedding and special anniversary presents. They have a particular appeal for men so make a difficult present easy!  Children, of course, love to play on them and they become a very special part of childhood. Many of our customers remember playing on them in childhood whilst visiting a relative and at last purchase one of their own!

How long will the animals last?

We make the animals to last a very long time; we want them to be a part of your family.  We often have elderly animals returned for new ears or tails, a re-stain and polish, in readiness for the next generation.

How do I keep my animal in good condition?

Keep you animal away from direct sunlight as this will cause the colour to fade. Please also keep water/liquid away from the animal as these can cause marks. Leather does not like heat either so do not keep too near a sitting room fire or radiator.

We highly recommend the regular use of NIKWAX Waterproofing Wax. This product keeps the leather in excellent condition and waterproofs against water damage. It can be purchased through our On Line shop.

I can see there is a colour variation between the animals, why is this?

Here again each hide is different in the way it reacts to the stain, which is applied by hand, thereby obtaining different finishes.

Why can the same animal very in size?

This is because all of our animals are handmade. As each piece of leather responds differently to this hand crafting process no two animals are ever alike and hence the reason why animals cut from the same pattern template can differ quite significantly in shape and size. Each piece is truly unique and this adds to their charm and personality!

What do the size classifications mean?

These size classifications have developed over the years!

As a guide:

  • The “medium” and “standard” sized pieces are best suited as footstools
  • The “large” and “medium” sizes can also be used as an occasional seat
  • The “small” and “miniature” sizes are for home decorative purposes/doorstops

And then there is of course our magnificent “super king” rhinoceros which seats the whole family!! This is a very robust piece.

What can the animals be used for?

The animals are mainly used as decorative items for the home. However, as there is a strong internal metal frame, the larger pieces can be used as footstools.

What kind of leather is used?

We use top quality full grain cowhide leather sourced and tanned specifically for our purposes. We work very closely with our Lincolnshire based leather supplier to ensure the leather is fit for our purpose.

The leather is “unfinished” which means it has not been spray painted or coated with an acrylic finish; this makes it more supple to work with.