there is nothing like leather

there is nothing like leather
Also used literally.

1692 R. L’ESTRANGE Fables of Aesop cccxlviii. There was a council of mechanics called to advise about the fortifying of a city... Up starts a currier [a person who dressed and coloured leather]; Gentlemen, says he, when y’ave said all that can be said, there’s nothing in the world like leather.

1837 F. PALGRAVE Merchant & Friar iv. King Log [the birch] was..forgotten... ‘Depend upon it, Sir, there is nothing like leather.’

1892 I. ZANGWILL Big Bow Mystery vi. Besides, meat might have reminded him too much of his work. There is nothing like leather, but Bow beefsteaks occasionally come very near it.

1909 Votes for Women 22 Oct. 63 Nothing like leather for Suffragettes’ wear.—Miss M. Roberta Mills makes Ties, Bags, Belts, [etc.].

1935 V. S. PRITCHETT (title) Nothing like leather.

1937 C. ST. JOHN SPRIGG Six Queer Things v. 115 Morgan had a leathery mind. There was no subtlety or sharpness about it, but it was tough... No amount of discouragement or error wore it out. There is nothing like leather.

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