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As a designer, I have always loved shagreen. The first piece I studded closely was the handle of a naval sword I was given age 14. I like it because of its texture and ability to take colour well. I won't use the real thing so came up with a method of making it with resin. This also means its hard wearing, takes wine & coffee spills. I always think of it as mainly used in the 1920's 30's, but it has become fashionable again in many different guises in the 21st century.