Leather Cases
Purses in Pieces: Archaeological Finds of Late Medieval and 16th century Leather Purses, Pouches, Bags and Cases in the Netherlands

These hard leather cases were used to protect fragile or precious items from damage.

The cases are often separate from the items which they once protected – which could include combs, glass drinking-vessels, inkwells, mirrors, waxed tablets -- even a nef.

(See also these photos for more details of cases and coffers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.)

See also the linkspages on leather boxes and penners.