1803

Using the naturally shed velvet antler and hides from her brother’s sustainable, top grade venison farm in Orange New South Wales, Penny Hansen has partnered with some of the country’s best artisans to create bespoke accessories that elegantly celebrate the silent grace of the family herd.

Named after the year the first species of deer were introduced to Australia, 1803 is the work of the Hansen family and a handful of expert artisans in remote corners of Australia. Among the 1803 collaborators are legendary Tasmanian cutler Tom Hounslow, leather craftsman Jarren Borghero in the Yarra Ranges, a small batch tanner on the Fleurieu Penninsular by the name of Tony Scott, and artist, designer and screen printer Julie Paterson in the Blue Mountains of ClothFabric fame.

The 1803 range includes buttery deer leather bags and totes, soft clutches and pouches, cheese and paring knives trimmed with brass, ham swords and thick cleavers fashioned from carefully selected pieces of antler, herb cutters and bowls fashioned from endemic Tasmanian timber, and smooth deer hides and cushions. 1803 kitchen tools are months in the making and come in a sleek, carefully sized deer suede wrap. Soft furnishings and bags come protected in a thick cotton drawstring bag. All of them are hand wrapped free.

Every piece of 1803 antler is unique and the sensation of it on flesh – that pleasing roughness, strange softness, and reassuring weight - is the kind of thing Steinbeck would have had rhapsodies about. Whether it comes to life in a shower of sparks in Tom Hounslow’s workshop overlooking Bruny Island, or in Julie Paterson’s cottage in the mountains, each piece in the 1803 range is completely unique, made by several pairs of hands and designed to outlast you. As far as wedding presents are concerned, it’s near impossible to do better than these.