Snakeskin/Python?

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  1. Hi guys,

    I've just received this vintage snakeskin leather cardholder from Celine, unfortunately I know basically nada about snakeskin/python leather.

    Is it supposed to look like this, with the scales and all? Picture attached. [​IMG]

    How do I take care of it? Now I'm considering returning even though it cost only about 50 bucks, because I'm the clumsiest person in the world and don't know if I could take good care of it, it's so freaking delicate :sad:

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. From what I can see, it looks fine, there are many treatments of python and other snakeskin, from the skin shaven smooth, others left long and visibly scaly and all kinds in-between, under-dyed, over-dyed and hand-pained etc. A search will reveal there are many threads on this subject regard maintenance.

    I really hope you don't return it, for that money I would relax enjoy it ;)
     
  3. I ended up testing a bit of my regular leather moisturiser on it, and it worked pretty well to smooth the scales back down! You're right, i think the slight peeling is a little bit characteristic of snakeskin in general, so i'm just going to attach it to the handles of a bag and use it as a pretty cardholder accessory :smile:
     
    papertiger likes this.
  4. So pleased it worked out, it's such a beautiful piece :tup:
     
    hotcrossbiscuit likes this.
  5. Thank you for the kind words :flowers: In any case it's a lesson worth learning for me - i'm nowhere near dedicated or diligent enough to give a snakeskin leather bag the care it would deserve :P at least, not yet...