FERRO - Hand-Painted Florentine Leather Coin Purse

Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.)
Size: 2.625"H (excluding pull tab) x 2.875"W (in middle) x 1"D

Artistic Florentine Leather Goods

The Peroni brothers - third generation leather craftsmen - own one of the last remaining workshops in Florence that produces artistic "cuoietto Fiorentino", a leather-working and decorating technique that first emerged in the 10th century. Though the entire process is too complex to elaborate here, the vegetable-tanned leather is soaked in water, then dried and shaped with molds to achieve the characteristic rigidity without the use of stitches. Each item is then hand-painted to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

To own a Peroni item is to own a piece of Florence. Every touch brings you closer to the over millennium of history and traditions that go into this ancient Florentine art-form.

(Item: IT-PE-594)

The FERRO coin purse is Peroni's cult item. It is entirely handmade in Florence following an ancient leather-working and decorating technique called "artistic Florentine cuoietto", with its characteristic seamless design, and whose origins date back to the tenth century. It requires a single piece of vegetable-tanned leather, many hours, and 37 steps of refinement to create each coin purse. It is then meticulously hand-painted - either with or without the signature mottled "burl" effect - to achieve a truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

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Customer Reviews

A Beautiful, Unique Coin Purse

- By Mark, Chicago IL
Wonderful. Understand that, while this can be used for coins, it can also be used for other small items---small rings, spare buttons, paper clips, notes, etc. Like Peroni's glass cases, it has a burnished-wood look and feel, yet it's leather, and is pliable: Ie, it will 'give' as you put it in your pocket. And, like their glass case, it closes securely, but can be opened easily. A little gem. Wonderful leather.

So cute.

- By Linda K, Metuchen NJ
And practical. It's candy for the hands, and I can't stop playing with it. Gorgeous to look at and so well made, I couldn't choose between the dark red and the dark green and so got both. Love them. Thank you!