Pouch - Hand-Laced Leather Belt Pouch (Green Man Design)

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Brand: Barefoot Leather
Product Code: Large pouch Geen Man design
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Hand-crafted, sturdy leather belt pouch with a traditional Green Man design carefully tooled onto the flap.
 
Probably my most popular pouch. The Green Man motif is so much a part of British history and culture it never loses its appeal. See the notes below.
 
I make these gorgeous pouches from top quality veg tan leather. Each pouch is subtly different from any other. I take time to 'accent' any character in the leather to give you a truly unique product that is tough enough to become an heirloom.
 
The 'horn' toggle fastening is easy to open and close with one hand and virtually unbreakable. I suppose you could chew it to pieces but...
 
Two 'hanging straps' at the back that are spaced just right to allow a 2" (max) belt to be threaded through them. I'm happy to make pouches to fit wider re-enactment belts if required - just drop me an email or give me a call to let me know exactly what you want.
 
Hand dyed 'antique green' to accentuate any variations in the grain of the leather and give each pouch a unique identity.
 
Please Note: these pouches can vary slightly in colour due to the nature of the leather - some are slightly lighter or darker than the one in the picture.
 
Size is approximately: 9" x 5" - plenty big enough for a wallet, phone, passport and airline tickets... Yes, baccy tins fit too!
 
 
Cultural/Historical Note:
 
The cycle of birth, growth, death and re-birth is one that was very familiar to our Ancient British ancestors. Plants and trees filled their landscape, providing life-sustaining food and a habitat for the animals they hunted. Life was hard for the ancients, so it is no wonder they worshiped spirits and deities associated with nature and gave thanks to them when the cold, hard winter skies were replaced by warm spring sunshine. The Green Man is linked to ‘Jack in the Green’ and the ‘May King’ in the Spring, as he is seen as a representative of the all-important ‘life force’. He becomes linked to  ‘John Barleycorn’ in the autumn as the harvest is brought home and may be known as ‘Herne the Hunter’ along with a host of other names throughout the long winter months.

The Green Man is usually portrayed as a human face surrounded by dense foliage. His image appears as far back as the eleventh century in church carvings. As Christianity spread, the Green Man went into hiding, with stonemasons leaving secretly carved copies of his face hidden around cathedrals and churches.

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