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You are correct. Reasons: If the relative clause started with den, it would not have a subject. *den{acc-object} aus schwarzem Leder{description} war{verb — conjugated to what?} Technically, sentences without subject are no problem in German, but not with the copula sein. The case of the word in the main clause is irrelevant for the case of the ...


Akkusativ ist falsch. Zugrunde liegt: Frederika sah einen Beutel. Der Beutel war aus schwarzem Leder. (nicht: Den Beutel war aus schwarzem Leder.) Er war aus schwarzem Leder. / … einen Beutel, der aus schwarzem Leder war.

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