Gold Tooling and Leather Tooling

Gold tooling is the method of embossing lettering or a decorative design through a sheet of gold leaf, into what was usually either a leather, paper or velvet surface. A resin powder was used to gently hold the gold leaf ribbon in place on the surface. A hot roller or stamp is then pressed down onto the gold leaf ribbon, embossing the surface underneath and melting the resin to allow the gold leaf to only adhere to the specific areas. Gold tooling was often used to decorate the interior leather work and lining of boxes. Asprey, Leuchars and Edwards were just some of the famous manufacturers that used gold tooling to display their maker’s marks onto leather.

Gold Tooled Design and Makers Mark for Edwards, 21 King Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Gold Tooled Design and Makers Mark for Edwards, 21 King Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Gold Tooled Design and Makers Mark for Edwards, 21 King Street, Bloomsbury, London.

Gold Tooled Design and Makers Mark for Edwards, 21 King Street, Bloomsbury, London.

'Asprey, Manufacturer to Her Majesty, 166 Bond St. W' Gold Tooled Maker's Mark.

‘Asprey, Manufacturer to Her Majesty, 166 Bond St. W’ Gold Tooled Maker’s Mark.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood.

'W. Leuchars, Manufacturer, 38 Piccadilly, London' Gold Tooled Maker's Mark.

‘W. Leuchars, Manufacturer, 38 Piccadilly, London’ Gold Tooled Maker’s Mark.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Mechanism by Leuchars.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Betjemann Patent Mechanism by Leuchars.

Antique Tooled Leather Drawer Lid from a Howell James & Co Burr Walnut Jewellery Box.

Antique Tooled Leather Drawer Lid from a Howell James & Co Burr Walnut Jewellery Box.

‘Howell James & Co, 9 Regent Street, London’ Gold Tooled Maker’s Mark taken from a Burr Walnut Jewellery Box.

‘Howell James & Co, 9 Regent Street, London’ Gold Tooled Maker’s Mark taken from a Burr Walnut Jewellery Box.

Burr Walnut Antique Jewellery Box Manufactured by Howell James & Co.

Burr Walnut Antique Jewellery Box Manufactured by Howell James & Co.

Gold Tooling on a Leather Bound Tray, by William Halstaff.

Gold Tooling on a Leather Bound Tray, by William Halstaff.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood by William Halstaff.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood by William Halstaff.

Gold Tooled Design from an Antique Rosewood Box by Edwards.

Gold Tooled Design from an Antique Rosewood Box by Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Duke Insignia by Edwards.

Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Duke Insignia by Edwards.