Smooth Historical Goat 0.6-0.75 mm


For your convenience, skins are already pared to .6-.75 mm.   This represents a cost-saving to many people as the leather will not need to be further pared.

Smooth Historical Goat is produced by Siegel from goatskins that have not been stripped in tanning and have had no grain manipulation or embossing to conform with requirements set down in the Report of the Society of Arts’ Committee on Bookbinding.  This is a proprietary product of our company

We call this “Historical” because we use techniques in producing this leather that do not involve plating and/or grain manipulation to attain this smooth grain, which is almost calf-like.  These production methods require flawless raw stock as virtually every grain flaw is exaggerated with our production techniques.  NO OPAQUE FINISHES which hide defects. History has shown that mechanical plating or glazing damages the epidermis of the leather,  shortening its lifetime.  The grain of the SHG is not enhanced by plating or glazing. Skins are specially picked to be lightweight AND very square for excellent cutting.

For some of our products, such as this one, we purchase the skins in the “hair”. We have control over the de-hairing process, tanning, and finishing which all affect the longevity properties of the leather.

This goatskin is almost as smooth as calfskin and is very popular with bookbinders.

A special selection is made of fine-grained skins. The skins are drum-dyed and finished with a light pigment coat to give a uniform color.  There is no covering of defects. The grain is completely natural. The tannage is 100% vegetable, of course.  IMPORTANT:  There is no opaque finish to cover defects.  All of the natural grain is apparent which requires skins with excellent grain selection.

This leather, like all of our products has an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

Substance 0.60-0.75 mm

Custom colors on request with a minimum order.

Edition orders are welcome.

The leather is priced per skin. Grade #1 skins will have no defects within 1 1/2″ of an edge, Grade #2 will have defects that prevents the entire hide from being cut as one large, rectangular panel. Each skin allows for cutting minimum pattern sizes of 11 x17, or larger.

30-39 sq dm = 3.22-4.20 sq ft
40-49 sq dm = 4.31-5.27 sq ft
50-59 sq dm = 5.38-6.35 sq ft
60-69 sq dm = 6.46-7.43 sq ft


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It is a great skin for old leather legal books, nearly a perfect match. Steve was a great help as well.

Michael C. 14/09/2022 following an order made on 18/08/2022

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Best in the business

Diego C. 13/08/2022 following an order made on 11/07/2022

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Smooth historical is my favorite. Soft, supple and finishes beautifully. The surface is delicate so it’s important to be careful with metal band nippers.

Seth M. 24/06/2022 following an order made on 12/05/2022

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Red, Mocha, Crimson, Black, British Tan, Purple, Navy Blue, Burgundy, Forest Green, Brimstone, Glow, Ice Lake, Chili, Seaweed, Monk Brown, Tabacco


30-39 sq dm, 40-49 sq dm, 50-59 sq dm, 60-69 sq dm, 70-79 sq dm


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6 reviews for Smooth Historical Goat 0.6-0.75 mm

  1. Robert Bryant

    I used historical goat to replace the leather on a 19th century half leather English binding. It worked beautifully. Pared easily. Absorbed water quickly. Draped willingly. It looks like it grew on the book. A liquid leather dressing gave it a pleasant shine and feel. I’m very pleased with the result.

  2. Aram Adajian (verified owner)

    This was my first roll of leather from Siegel Leather. Upon opening the (impressively) packaged roll, I immediately knew that I had found my lead source for bookbinding leather. The mocha color blind tooled beautifully and absorbed a fair amount of water (I would let it sit on the surface for just a bit or do a primer run with room temperature water).

    All in all, from beginner to expert, Siegel Leather should be your main source of leather.

  3. Ralph Lake (verified owner)

    The new colors are absolutely great. I am more than happy with my purchase

  4. Nate McCall (verified owner)

    I’ve been using Siegel’s Smooth Historical Goat for years, and the new formulation is absolutely incredible to use – pares super evenly, takes gold tooling beautifully, and blind tools like a dream. It also has a lovely smooth finish which is both aesthetically and tactilely pleasing. Will continue to use for most of my bookbinding projects.

  5. Darin Dodd

    I just used the smooth, historical goatskin on a family Bible. It pared smoothly, and was so nice to work with. I love the fact that it doesn’t show blemishes like some smooth leathers. Thank you for another great product.

  6. Spike (verified owner)

    I used this historical goat for a replica of the Winter Soldier handbook from the MCU and it was an absolute dream to work with. It took additional dye and weathering well, and was by far the easiest leather I’ve ever worked with.

    It was packaged beautifully and I will most definitely be getting more for future projects.

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