A perfectly designed and sized beautiful jewellery box is made of maroon stingray skin and black Kangaroo skin for edging and the internal flocking is maroon perfectly matching the exterior and with a patterned finish. Measuring 16cm x 18.5cm and 11cm high, internally there is one shelf 5cm from the base with a tray divided into 4 compartments 3cm deep and the lid is hinged with two pieces of gros grain ribbon to hold the lid up.
Artisan Robert Witthahn takes an innovative and creative approach when creating his fine leatherwork by using only exotic Australian leathers and is constantly refining his skills adding new and exciting boxes to his extensive range. His work is constantly in demand and always admired by many.
A fine craftsman.Robert who lives with his family in Toowoomba, South-East Queensland, started his leatherwork in 1989. His skill in working with leather stems from his trade as a bookbinder, learned in his native Germany.
The variety of leathers that Robert uses in his work ,such as Kangaroo, Crocodile, Stingray, Sea Snake, Cane Toad, Emu and Barramundi are prepared, in tanneries that operate under strict government control and environmental guidelines. Kangaroo skins are taken in accordance with an approved government program.
Of all exotic leathers, stingray is often the most underrated. It is highly durable (25 times more durable than cowhide leathers) and has a unique supple texture. This leather is one of the most durable skins and is widely available. Under no threat of extinction, this fish provides a useful protein food to many regions throughout Southeast Asia. Stingray has been utilized worldwide for centuries because of its beauty and durability. It is by far the most durable leather used on the planet, often referred to as “immortal” and jewel of the sea. Stingray will not burn, break or fray, yet it can be cut with a standard pair of scissors. Perhaps most famous for its utilization on Japanese sword handles, it was also very popular and widely used on American and European swords and daggers. In Egypt when the tombs of ancient pharaohs were discovered, stingray was found to be used as armor, decoration and ornamental embellishment. More recently, stingray can often be seen in subjects from the “Art Deco” movement. Such pieces include furniture, crafts, eyeglass cases, parasol umbrellas, handbags and many other products. Today, stingray is still used for many of the above as well as knife sheaths, knife handles, wallets, belts, handbags, boots, and other accessories.