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    HOS sporrans in the flesh (reprise)

    Since old threads get locked, I can't add to my threads about historical things when new evidence or examples come to light.

    So here's a follow-up to my thread from a while back, showing extant examples of specific sporran styles seen in The Highlanders Of Scotland.

    The original thread: http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/f...s-flesh-83376/

    One style which seems to have been common in the 1860s evidently went out of style later in the century and is very rarely seen nowadays. When I did the previous thread I had no example to show but now I do.

    Here are examples from the MacLeay Highlanders Of Scotland portraits of that sporran cantle style. There's a narrow metal edging which goes all way round the leather cantle:

    Here's one with knobs

    Finally here's a good example of that sort of cantle in the flesh!

    Here you can see where a badge was attached. Note that the cantle itself appears to be an ordinary stitched leather cantle, with the rim merely stuck on top, having no function other than decoration.

    Take away the rim, and you're left with a common old style, the plain leather cantle, with a stitched welt around the top

    Last edited by OC Richard; 3rd February 16 at 06:12 AM.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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