Vintage Oak Bark Belt

On a recent visit to Bakers Oak Bark Leather Tannery, East Devon,  we were able to source just a few more hides of the incredibly popular, very old Oak Bark Tanned Leather.

The hides were originally tanned for stirrup leathers - 5mm thick and incredibly strong. They were rejected for minor surface scratching, left in a pile in a dark corner and forgotten for 50 years – nobody really knows for how long exactly.

The hides are hand-dyed a very dark brown, waxy and smell strongly of leather – truly old-fashioned and labour intensive!

  • Walsall foundry buckle and hand-peened copper rivets 
  • Belt width 1.5”
  • Leather thickness approx 4.5mm
  • Complimentary personalisation
  • Complimentary  standard UK shipping


For an accurate fit please see our size guide below.

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Finding your size

Measure an existing belt as shown in the diagram below.



We make the Vintage OBT Belt in 4 sizes - Small, Medium, Large and XLarge.

There are 7 holes 1" apart with the centre holes at:
Small 33" (Trouser Size 31")
Medium 36" (Trouser Size 34")
Large 39" (Trouser Size 37")
X Large 43" (Trouser Size 41")
The 7 holes cover 3" in each direction eg: Small 30-36", Medium 33-39", Large 36-42", X Large 41-45"


Belt with brass buckle

More about the Vintage OBT Belt

The leather was made for stirrup leathers and is dark brown, waxy and extremely tough with a strong leather smell. It is measures in at approximately 4.5mm thick. 

We are using the hides for belts but don’t expect a pristine finish – the quality of the leather, workmanship, hardware and longevity is not compromised but be aware that the surface carries surface scratching. This is an important part of the leather’s story.

We are convinced our customers will share our delight at this special find especially as we are selling at a hard to resist price.

Our Vintage OBT Belt is 4.5 - 5mm thick and with care it should last a lifetime

Uniquely Crafted

The leather is genuine vintage leather that was originally made for bridles or stirrup leathers but because of the exacting standards of the equestrian trade these hides were put to the side, rejected, because of surface scratching or superficial scarring.

The feel, initially stiff, will become more and more supple - but never floppy!

Wear this belt every day and watch the patina in the leather and the brass buckle develop over time. Feel free to take some brass polish to the buckle if you want to go out smart.

No two are the same.
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Free Personalisation

Complimentary personalisation of up to 12 characters is available. We use traditional bookbinders brass type (24pt Gill Sans) embossed on the reverse of the belt (hidden on the inside). The hot stamping process allows you to choose between gold, silver, black and blind (no colour) embossing. The personalisation will follow the same orientation as our maker's marque. 

Please note, personalised items cannot be exchanged or returned.

Love your Leather

Our leather is ethically and sustainably processed. The tannery uses a mixture of tree barks to transform the animal hides to leather. This is an ancient tradition which yields the familiar leather smell. Natural oils evaporate over time and need replenishing. Your leather benefits from and will look its very best if given an occasional dose of natural waxes and oils. Our Leather care information card is included with every purchase.