That trade crops up frequently on genealogy records
A cordwainer (AIUI) is one who works with Cordovan
leather (a particularly fine flexible leather from
the town of Cordoba(sp?) in Spain. Fine, flexible
items would be manufactured from Cordovan leather
such as gloves - it is not inconceivable that 'toffs'
might have shoes made by their Cordwainer ... AIU
Cordwainer != shoemaker.
It's a bit like a cardboard-box folder being styled
an _Origami artiste_; even though the techniques are
My sister-out-law refers to herself as a cordwainer when she makes
leather bags and belts. The leather she uses for that is a lot stiffer
than most shoe-leather. She is using the word just to mean
The old copy of Collins by my desk gives cordwainer as "Archaic: A
shoemaker or worker in leather" (and then proceeds to give the
derivation from Cordoba).
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