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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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Leather.--The Tallahassee Floridian has seen a specimen of kip leather, tanned in twenty days with dog-fennel preparation, and which the shoemakers there pronounce equal to the best French leather. The leather was prepared by Isaac Bierfield, of Newberry, S. C., who has a patent for the process, but asks very high prices for the privilege of using his discovery-three hundred dollars for an individual right, seven hundred dollars for a county, and ten thousand dollars for a State. The Floridian recommends planters in Florida, where dog-fennel grows abundantly, to gather and cure the weed, which is found to possess so valuable a property.--New Orleans Picayune, Nov. 27.
tanned by me with a weed called the Dog Fennel, for which I have obtained a patent (No. 22) from the Confederate States Government. I claim that I can tan and make better leather, in one-third less time, with one-third the bark, and save from 30 to 40 per cent. This piece was tanned in 20 days, and I think it as good as French calf. I am prepared to dispose of Rights in all the Confederate States of America, except South Carolina, which I have disposed of. Very respectfully, yours, Isaac Bierfield. The editor of the Republican remarks upon the above-- "The sample of calf skin referred to above has come to hand, and we shall take pleasure in exhibiting it to all who feel an interest in the leather trade. We have never seen a prettier article, and in point of strength it is remarkable. It is almost incredible that such leather should be tanned in the short space of twenty days; and the wonder increases when we reflect that the rapid process is effected through the