The "Z" is carved and tooled into the leather to resemble carved wood. The ends resemble figure heads. Vikings often had dragons of some sort carved into one end of the ship. Mermaids were originally believed to bring ships down, but later the stories turned to tales of mermaids calming the waters and guiding the sailors to safety. As this tale spread, mermaids became more and more popular amongst sailors and ship builders and they were eventually the most popular female figure heads.
This custom roll measures 25" X 18" when fully opened. It has an extra 4 slots stitched above as well. Two slots are 1" wide and two are 2" wide. All ten slots below are 2" wide. On one end is a 4.75" X 18" pocket for extra odds 'n' ends.
This roll boasts some of the most beautiful leather I've seen yet. I use only the finest full grain vegetable tanned leather, but each hide comes with its own special characteristics. This hide was particularly marbled which looks just incredible once stained. Especially with this mixture of deep reds and browns. The inside leather is a glorious, thick, and strong red suede.
The roll has a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap as well as a top handle. The entire roll is hand riveted with solid brass rivets and hand stitched with waxed linen. The buckles are all solid brass.