A mixture of tallow and oil used to soften leather, and make it waterproof.
The top brass had taken the view that the new buckled combat boots recently issued to soldiers would suffice for winter once treated with dubbin, but Hall now had conclusive evidence, if further evidence were needed, that even in the wet grass this was not the case.
One day, goin 'to his bunk, he found it all topsyversy, hair powder on his pillow, dubbin in his shavin' cup, salt pork wropt up in his dressin 'gown.
We don't polish steel, but there is a wonderful lot of hard work in rubbing dubbin into all the leather.
At eleven there was harness-cleaning, and I was sadly regarding a small remnant of dubbin and my dusty girths and leathers, when the order came for "boot and saddle," and that little job was off.
The origin of the word 'dubbin' is obscure.