Early uses for the material included covering the hilts of Japanese swords and bow grips in China. Imported boxes and eyeglass cases from China, c. 19th century were often covered in the material. Eventually, shagreen was used in jewelry and accessory design. John Paul Cooper, an Arts & Crafts jewelry designer, used the material in his work.
Sometimes the term is used for other forms of leather that have a similar texture and pattern.
Dunhill Shagreen Table Lighter/Clock Combination.