An old fashioned tannery in the Cotswolds is featured - various processes demonstrated - very nice.
Intertitle reads: "On the edge of the Cotswolds you can still find the same old kind of tanyards as existed about the year dot."
High angle shot of the exterior of a broken down looking tannery. A man pushes a wheel barrow full of pelts whilst another man hoses lifts pelts in and out of a hole full of water with a stick. "No modern factory methods here... the wool is pulled from the sheepskin by hand." M/S of a man with a skin laid out on a board. He stands behind the board pulling off the wool. "Even the machine for grinding tanning bark isn't 1 h.p." A donkey walks in a circle in an outhouse - it is attached to a millstone. Worker stands in the middle of the building with a whip to encourage the donkey. The Tanpits are shown. Three men are hard at work dipping skins in various pits of water. "Colour fashions in gloves change ... hence the old dye pot, where a gentleman known as "Dusty Harris" officiates..." An elderly man stands by a pot on an outside fire. He stirs the pot as smoke rises from it. He smokes a pipe and looks at the camera as he smokes. C/U of the dye pot as Dusty takes a scoop of the dye out to show the camera - he then pours it back in. A young colleague (also smoking a pipe) comes over to help him carry the pot. They walk towards the camera. "Now a peep inside the old ramshackle building where they dress the skins ... and smoke tobacco, (you either smoke or wear a gas-mask here). Panning shot of the tannery interior. C/U of a Dusty working on a piece of skin. "Why "Dusty Harris?" Watch him extracting surplus dressing and figure it out yourself..." M/S of Dusty banging skins on to a table outside the tannery. Loads of dust is produced. "But it's a far cry from..." C/U of two elderly men holding up women's leather gloves "...to Madame's latest..." C/U of woman wearing very ornate pair of white gloves with embroidered fold back cuffs (only hands seen.)
Was probably a Pictorial item.
Note: excellent film of the antiquated processes used in this old-fashioned (even for the 1920s) tannery.