$126

Functional and built to stand the test of time, our Bosun belt is inspired by seafaring types from a bygone age.

We make them all by hand, with this belt made from heavy quality 5-6mm Oak Bark tanned leather, which is produced by England’s last remaining oak bark tannery. Each piece of leather takes 12 months to produce, using traditional tanning methods that date back centuries. We only use the premium ‘butt’ of the hide for its strength, and also to prevent our belts from stretching. Please note that when new, a small amount of white ‘bloom’ may sometimes appear on the belt. Don’t worry, this is totally natural and is caused by the waxes in the leather rising to the surface. It can easily be removed by brushing the leather. It will only be present when the leather is ‘new’ and will vanish after some use.

Quality hardware is hard to come by, so ours is custom made. The guys that make our buckles have been casting brass since 1837, so they’re pretty good at it. They also hold the Royal warrant as suppliers to household of the Queen of England, and that’s testament enough for us! Our Garrison buckle is created using traditional sand casting skills, and is made from solid brass. The rivets we use are also solid brass, designed for quality and strength.

The result of our endeavours is a rugged belt of outstanding quality that will stand the test of time. Handmade with the care and attention that mass production will never imitate

Each belt comes with a Barnes & Moore gift box, made from recycled, sustainable materials and complimentary 5ml bottle of pure neatsfoot oil, used to condition the leather.

Shipping Info

Your Barnes & Moore belt is made by hand, however we will endeavour to ship your belt within 3 working days.

UK shipping is free for orders over £50.00, orders under £50 are £5 flat rate. Shipping to the rest of the world is £10.00 flat rate.

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Each belt strip is cut to our standard width of 38mm (1.5’’), trimmed to size and the tips hand shaped and holes punched. The edges are bevelled and hand ‘burnished’, which seals the fibres of the leather, not only for aesthetics, but to help prevent the edges absorbing moisture. The strap is then cut to receive the buckle, which is riveted by hand.

Constructed from a very special English Leather, supplied by England’s last remaining traditional Oak Bark Tannery.  9-10oz finest English full grain oak bark leather. This leather undergoes a labour intensive, traditional 12 month tanning process to produce a truly outstanding leather. This results in a very strong, yet lightweight leather.

Oak Bark leather is finished by hand with a unique blend of oils and greases that allow the true natural characteristics and colour of the leather to be highlighted. As a result, this leather will show some variation in colour, which is naturally occurring and adds to the unique beauty of each belt.

The surface also has a ‘full grain’ finish and, as a result some natural creasing and marking of the hide may be visible on the surface of your belt, which is a natural characteristic of the leather.

The journey starts with English oak bark, ground down by a water wheel, which is fed by a local river at the tannery. This is then soaked in water to draw out the natural tannin which forms the base of the tanning liquor.

Hides are then soaked in pits for 2-3 weeks to aid removal of the hair, this part of the process ensures the leather retains its fibre strength, and has been done this way for centuries. They are then cleaned by hand and washed before being suspended on wooden ‘sticks’ and suspended in the tanning pits, in the oak bark liquor for 9 months.

The hides are then layered in the pits with oak bark chippings inbetween them for a further 3 months and then shaved to a level thickness. Fish oil is applied and the hides are dipped in greases, and then ‘set’ by hand. The setting process is highly skilled and involves using traditional tools to push the leather grain out to achieve a flat, workable surface.

The final stage is staining the leather to the required colour by hand, and then conditioning with dubbin wax to produce a stunning quality leather.

Hand made solid brass buckle, cast using traditional sand cast moulding. Finished and polished by hand. Each one is hand finished by time served, traditionally skilled craftsmen.

We size our belts based on your waist size.  Please select your jean or trouser waist size from drop down menu above 28’’- 42’’ (71cm – 107cm).

If you are unsure of your jean/trouser size and would like a custom size, please click here. Please note that as these belts are custom made to your specifications, we are unable to offer an exchange or refund.

How It's Made

Each belt strip is cut to our standard width of 38mm (1.5’’), trimmed to size and the tips hand shaped and holes punched. The edges are bevelled and hand ‘burnished’, which seals the fibres of the leather, not only for aesthetics, but to help prevent the edges absorbing moisture. The strap is then cut to receive the buckle, which is riveted by hand.

All About The Leather

Constructed from a very special English Leather, supplied by England’s last remaining traditional Oak Bark Tannery.  9-10oz finest English full grain oak bark leather. This leather undergoes a labour intensive, traditional 12 month tanning process to produce a truly outstanding leather. This results in a very strong, yet lightweight leather.

Oak Bark leather is finished by hand with a unique blend of oils and greases that allow the true natural characteristics and colour of the leather to be highlighted. As a result, this leather will show some variation in colour, which is naturally occurring and adds to the unique beauty of each belt.

The surface also has a ‘full grain’ finish and, as a result some natural creasing and marking of the hide may be visible on the surface of your belt, which is a natural characteristic of the leather.

The journey starts with English oak bark, ground down by a water wheel, which is fed by a local river at the tannery. This is then soaked in water to draw out the natural tannin which forms the base of the tanning liquor.

Hides are then soaked in pits for 2-3 weeks to aid removal of the hair, this part of the process ensures the leather retains its fibre strength, and has been done this way for centuries. They are then cleaned by hand and washed before being suspended on wooden ‘sticks’ and suspended in the tanning pits, in the oak bark liquor for 9 months.

The hides are then layered in the pits with oak bark chippings inbetween them for a further 3 months and then shaved to a level thickness. Fish oil is applied and the hides are dipped in greases, and then ‘set’ by hand. The setting process is highly skilled and involves using traditional tools to push the leather grain out to achieve a flat, workable surface.

The final stage is staining the leather to the required colour by hand, and then conditioning with dubbin wax to produce a stunning quality leather.

Our Hardware

Hand made solid brass buckle, cast using traditional sand cast moulding. Finished and polished by hand. Each one is hand finished by time served, traditionally skilled craftsmen.

Sizing

We size our belts based on your waist size.  Please select your jean or trouser waist size from drop down menu above 28’’- 42’’ (71cm – 107cm).

If you are unsure of your jean/trouser size and would like a custom size, please click here. Please note that as these belts are custom made to your specifications, we are unable to offer an exchange or refund.