A Mid/Late 20thC Liberty Style Leather Camel

Origin: Italian or Moroccan
Period: Mid/Late 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1960-80
Length: 20”
Height: 20”
Width: 6”

The decorative natural tanned leather model of a camel with harness, realistically modelled and handstitched in the style of earlier Liberty pieces, having dark glass eyes and a nice patina, the whole surviving from the latter half of the twentieth century.

In good order throughout, the camel doesn’t show any signs of damage other than one repair to one hind leg meaning he is very slightly askew when stood but is still entirely presentable.

Omersa created their first leather pig in 1927, and it was sold at the distinguished premises of Liberty of London. The English full grain cowhide leather, made specifically for Omersa, is hand stained, waxed and polished to create a luxurious rich brown antique finish. Dimitri Omersa and his wife Inge came to England in 1955 and settled at Lavender Croft, a sanctuary for refugees in Hitchin. Omersa found work in the leather trade and whilst representing a small leather company in Hitchin met ‘Old Bill’ at Liberty’s. ‘Old Bill’ was due to retire and a deal was struck for Dimitri Omersa to take over the business and continue the supply of pigs to Liberty’s. The business was located to Hitchin in 1958 and before long Dimitri Omersa had ideas for other animals! His first new piece was the elephant, followed by the donkey and rhinoceros.

Hard not to like.