Patent leather is
leather that has been given
a high gloss finish. The original process was developed
by Newark, New Jersey based inventor Seth Boyden in 1818
with commercial manufacture beginning September 20, 1819.
His process used a linseed oil based lacquer coating. Modern
patent leather usually has a plastic coating.
is sometimes confused with
poromeric imitation leathers such as DuPont's Corfam
and Kuraray Co.'s Clarino which are manmade materials with
a similar glossy appearance.
Patent leather and poromerics are cleaned in a similar
way. Dirt adhering to the coating can be removed with a
damp cloth, using a mild soap if needed. Minor scratches
and scuff marks in the coating itself can be removed using
one of several special purpose patent leather and poromeric
cleaners on the market.
Patent leather and poromerics are used in applications
where an eye-catching glossy appearance is the main consideration.
fashion items such as wallets
shoes, professional wrestling
boots and fetish clothing.