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Is patent leather made of leather?

Patent Leather
Yes, Patent leather is made from real leather, with a finish originally made from various oils (whale oil, linseed oil etc), and lacquers such as shellac, and a colour, most commonly red or black.

Modern patent leather is finished with a mixture of acrylic and polyurethane which gives a longer lasting more scuff proof/crack proof finish.

It is however common to come across fake patent leather which is some man made fabric with a similar 'plastic' finish to it.
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