EnglishShow more Cape + English skin hide or pelt.
Originally, a soft gloving or clothing leather made from South African hair sheepskin; a sheepskin so used; later, any such leather; Cape leather, see Cape sense 3. Also attributive.
1911Farmer’s Weekly 4 Oct. 122East London and Capetown brokers fear that sheepskins may come down in sympathy with the wool market. The Bay quotations are as follows:..Capeskins 26– Capeskins, damaged 06 — 07.
1937Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric. & Forestry) 277Very often prime Blackhead Persian and Cape skins have attached to them a thick fatty layer which it is impossible to remove entirely without resorting to the knife.
1938Times (U.K.) 11 Mar. 19The Gay Nineties type of flat crown...Of particular interest are those of patent leather or capeskin.
1959Observer (U.K.) 5 Apr. 13The supplest and lightest weight of capeskin leathers, silky to the touch, printed in delicate marbled designs.