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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

[American hemlock leather in Germany]

American hemlock leather in Germany.—Consul Warner, of Cologne, under date of August 15, reports that the Coblenz chamber of commerce, in its report for 1888, in commenting on the German leather industry, says in substance the following regarding the trade, and American hemlock leather in Germany:

In order to promote the home industry, especially the sole-leather industry, the small farmers, as well as the large manufacturers, have endeavored to deliver only the best qualities, and almost exclusively oak-bark tanned leather. The purchaser has also learned to distinguish between oak-bark tanned leather and the extract tanned leather, so that the inferior American hemlock leather, which, owing to its cheapness, had competed sharply with the German leather industry, scarcely finds now anymore purchasers. In North Germany the American hemlock leather had formerly been freely purchased, but now it has almost entirely disappeared from that market.