Guarded Goods Shell Cordovan Lanyard
Guarded Goods Shell Cordovan Lanyard

Handmade Shell Cordovan Keychain

Assembled by hand in Minneapolis by Guarded Goods, this keyring features a shell cordovan lanyard with all-brass hardware. Available in 19 different colors, the shell cordovan leather hails from one of five tanneries around the world: Conceria Cloe or Rocado SRL, both in Italy; Clayton, in England; Shinki Hikaku, in Japan; or Horween, in the United States. The edges of the leather are sanded and beveled, then burnished with beeswax. All of the hardware, from the rivet and snap to the ring and trigger clip, is made of solid brass, which comes with your choice of brass or nickel plating.

Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice of shell cordovan leather color and hardware color.

Guarded Goods Shell Cordovan Lanyard

About Shell Cordovan

Pioneered in the Middle Ages by the Moors, shell cordovan has roots in Spain, with the city of Cordoba lending its name to this rare leather. Today, it’s most commonly associated with Chicago’s Horween tannery—the country’s oldest tannery still producing shell cordovan. It comes from the fibrous flat muscle, or shell, taken from a specific part of a horse’s hide. Over the course of 6 months, it undergoes an extensive process that includes tanning, stuffing, shaving, and polishing. Regarded as one of the most durable forms of leather, shell cordovan is also sought after for its unique hand-finished color treatment.

Guarded Goods Shell Cordovan Lanyard
Guarded Goods Shell Cordovan Lanyard

Shell Cordovan Leather Color

Guarded Goods Shell Cordovan Lanyard

1. Horween Black

2. Horween #8

3. Horween Natural

4. Shinki Hikaku Black

5. Shinki Hikaku Emerald Green

6. Shinki Hikaku Burgundy

7. Shinki Hikaku Ruby Red

8. Shinki Hikaku Brown

9. Shinki Hikaku Lava

10. Shinki Hikaku Natural

11. Conceria Cloe Olive

12. Conceria Cloe Rust

13. Clayton Burgundy

14. Clayton Dark Green

15. Clayton Navy

16. Clayton Whiskey Tan

17. Rocado SRL Black

18. Rocado SRL British Racing Green

19. Rocado SRL Copper

Hardware Option

Brass (Nickel Plating)


  • Guarded Goods
  • Shell cordovan lanyard
  • Solid brass hardware
  • Edges sanded and beveled, then burnished with beeswax
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 3.5 in (excludes clip)
  • Handmade in USA
  • Final sale


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Feb 12, 2016 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.