Dartington Leather Bookmarks: Perfect Gift for the Avid Reader

Dartington Leather Bookmarks: Perfect Gift for the Avid Reader

January 23, 2024

Dartington Leather Bookmarks: Perfect Gift for the Avid Reader

Dartington Leather Bookmarks: Perfect Gift for the Avid Reader 

Indulge in the delight of reading with the Dartington Leather Bookmarks. Crafted with passion and precision, these bookmarks are the perfect companions for avid readers. 
Handmade and crafted in Devon by Tanner Bates, these bookmarks are a beautiful amalgamation of tradition, craftsmanship, and elegance.
Offering an array of colours, these bookmarks are not just a tool to mark your page. They are an embodiment of your personality and style.


Dartington Leather Bookmarks: Unfolding the Story

The Dartington Leather Bookmark is a testament to our commitment to quality, craftsmanship and tradition. Our bookmarks are crafted from the most exquisite Badalassi Pueblo Italian Leather, renowned for its quality and durability.
With a selection of vibrant colours to choose from, there is a Dartington bookmark to match every mood and preference. These bookmarks are more than a reading accessory; they are a style statement that reflects your love for reading and your appreciation for quality craftsmanship.

The Perfect Gift

Whether it's Mother's Day, Father's Day, a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary or just a day when you want to treat yourself, the Dartington Leather Bookmark is the perfect gift for every occasion.
Our bookmarks are not just practical; they are personal. With our free personalisation service, you can add a name, initials, or a short message up to 12 characters long. This makes each bookmark unique and adds a personal touch that makes it a truly special gift.
Click here to learn more about bespoke personalisation.
A Touch of Tradition
The Badalassi Pueblo Italian Leather that we use is sourced from our favourite tannery in Florence. This tannery continues to use time-honoured traditions and tree barks to produce some of the most beautiful leather in the world.
At first glance, this leather took our breath away at the Milan trade show. Its rich texture and deep patina that develops over time make it truly one-of-a-kind. The more you use it, the more it becomes a part of you.


Perfect for Corporate Gifting

A Dartington Leather Bookmark is a perfect way to show your appreciation to your business associates. You can customise each bookmark with a message, name, or initials to make it more special and meaningful.
If you are interested in ordering our Dartington Leather Bookmarks as corporate gifts, please get in touch with us. We will be happy to assist you with your requirements and preferences.

How It's Made

The creation of the Dartington Leather Bookmark is a meticulous process. Using full-grain leather hides, we selectively cut the pieces out using a press knife and our clicker press. This process ensures each is the same size. The tassels are cut by hand with a strap cutter to form long lenghts then tied to the bookmark individually and cut to length. 
The bookmarks are then embossed with our makers marque using a hot press to stamp the brass tool into the leather. The press is hand operated so it takes skill and experience to ensure a consistent and quality impression.
Lastly, each bookmark is quality-checked before it is sent out. This makes sure that you get the best product possible.


Celebrate the Joy of Reading with Dartington Leather Bookmarks

Reading is a journey, and every journey deserves a beautiful bookmark. Celebrate the joy of reading with our Dartington Leather Bookmarks. 
Made with love and crafted for perfection, these bookmarks are more than an accessory; they are a testament to your love for reading.
So why wait? Add a touch of colour and luxury to your reading experience. Order your personalised Dartington Leather Bookmark today and embark on a beautiful reading journey.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dartington Leather Bookmark


What is a Dartington leather bookmark? 

A Dartington leather bookmark is a handmade accessory that you can use to mark your place in a book. It is made from high-quality Italian leather, cut and finished by hand. A Dartington leather bookmark is a beautiful gift for book lovers and leather enthusiasts.

How is a Dartington leather bookmark different from other bookmarks? 

A Dartington leather bookmark differs from other bookmarks because it is made with traditional methods and natural materials. The leather is tanned with tree bark and vegetable extracts, which give it a rich colour and texture. The leather is dyed with natural pigments, creating a unique patina over time. A Dartington leather bookmark is not mass-produced but crafted with care and attention to detail in small batches.

How do you personalise your Dartington leather bookmark? 

You can personalise your Dartington leather bookmark with a message, name, or initials up to 12 characters long. You can choose from mixed upper and lower case letters or all capital letters. You can also choose from four different colours: brown, green, red, or blue. Personalising your Dartington leather bookmark makes it more special and meaningful.

How much does a Dartington leather bookmark cost? 

The price of a Dartington leather bookmark depends on the size, colour, and personalisation options you choose. Dartington leather bookmark costs £15. You can find the exact prices and discounts on the Tanner Bates website.

How do you care for your Dartington leather bookmark? 

To keep your Dartington leather bookmark in good condition, you should follow these simple steps:
· Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, heat, or moisture, as they can damage the leather.
· Wipe it occasionally with a soft cloth or a leather cleaner to remove dust and dirt.
· Apply a leather conditioner or wax every few months to nourish and protect the leather.
· Store it in a cool and dry place when not in use.

When was the first bookmark made?

History of Bookmarks

The concept of the bookmark has been around for as long as there have been books to keep one's place in. However, identifying when the very first bookmark was made is somewhat challenging due to the lack of precise historical records on such a specific topic. Nevertheless, we can infer a few things about the early use of bookmarks:
Ancient Times: It's likely that some form of bookmark was used in the earliest libraries, like those in Alexandria, to keep track of where a reader left off. These could have been simple markers such as a small piece of parchment or a strand of leather.
Medieval Period: In the medieval era, bookmarks known as "incunabula" were often used. These were usually made of leather or cloth and sometimes attached to the book itself.
Renaissance Era: The earliest existing bookmarks date to the 16th Century. These were often made of silk or embroidered fabric and were used in religious texts such as Bibles and prayer books.
It's important to note that throughout history, people have likely used various objects as temporary bookmarks, such as small pieces of fabric, leaves, or even just a slip of paper, long before any formal or widely recognised bookmark came into common use. The sophistication and design of bookmarks evolved over time, often reflecting the artistic and cultural trends of the period in which they were created.

When did bookmarks become popular?

The Popularity of Bookmarks
Bookmarks have been used since the advent of the printed book in the 15th Century. However, their popularity significantly increased as the production of books became more common and widespread. Here is a brief overview of the historical popularity of bookmarks:
15th Century: The earliest known bookmarks date back to the 15th Century, used shortly after the printing press was invented.
16th Century Onwards: As literacy rates began to increase and books became more available to the general public, the use of bookmarks became more common.
Victorian Era: During the 19th Century, particularly in the Victorian era, bookmarks became highly popular as gifts and were often made of luxurious materials such as silk or leather and adorned with embroidery, lace, or precious metals and stones.
20th Century: Bookmarks became a standard accessory for readers with the mass production of books. During this time, they also became promotional items for companies and events.
Late 20th to 21st Century: The use of bookmarks continued to evolve with the production of various designs and materials. Magnetic bookmarks, for instance, became popular due to their practicality.
Digital Era: With the rise of digital technology, virtual bookmarks have become a feature in web browsers and e-readers, allowing users to save their progress or favourite websites easily.
In summary, while bookmarks have been around for centuries, their widespread popularity coincides with the increase in book production and literacy rates over time. They remain popular today in both their physical and digital forms.

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