I saw this one the other day and thought it made a great alternative for those who don’t want to muck about with paint. Obviously the punch work could have been done any time in the past 350 years but the letter forms and abbreviation are consistent with the restoration period through to the early 18th century. If the decoration were done earlier in the 17th century, the initials would have been I.C. The shape of the jack is also consistent with a date from the middle of the 17th century.
An English Leather Bombard, 17th Century of typical form, the front punch dotted with the owner’s initials Rev’d J.C.
Sold by Christies in 2001, Sale 6546. http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=2050084