E-mailed a leather specialist colleague who sent the following reply
1 I think that there is no reason to really believe that the standard of
medieval leatherwork was lower than contemporary leather on the continent.
It is a fact, however, that more highly decorated shoes and high boots have
been found on the continent than in Britain (Bryggen embroidered shoes,
shoes with cut out designs etc). It may be that the high boots were not such
a popular style in Britain but it may well be that for what ever reason we
have not come across dumps of very high status material - the one we have
from Baynards Castle London did have high fashion shoes with cut-out
No idea where the costrel is, but it is possible it was part of Waterer's
collection that is now The Museum of Leathercraft collection. Until recently
this could be visited in Northampton but has recently been moved and access
may be difficult. Northampton CC Museum service will have details.