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    The most expensive sporrans ever?

    This incredibly ornate sporran is part of the accoutrements for an outfit made for the Duke of Sussex (aka Earl of Inverness) c1805 when he was President of the Highland Society of London.



    Leopard fur with gold cantle and semi-precious stones, and an enameled and diamond St. Andrew's Cross.

    Goodness knows what it cost then let alone what something like this would be now - not that one could use real leopard fur.

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    WOW! That is certainly an eye-opener. Clearly his Grace wasn't a man for subtlety.

    "Swinging Eight" and gold and stones.

    On a construction note, I assume this is a non-functional cantle. Is there a pocket on the back or is this piece completely decorative.

    Thank you for these Peter, they are a delight.
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    Thanks for sharing these photos with us, Peter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by artificer View Post
    WOW! That is certainly an eye-opener. Clearly his Grace wasn't a man for subtlety.

    "Swinging Eight" and gold and stones.

    On a construction note, I assume this is a non-functional cantle. Is there a pocket on the back or is this piece completely decorative.

    Thank you for these Peter, they are a delight.
    Non-functional cantle with a reasonable pocket on the back.

    Here's his Day sporran There is a baldrick and waist belt to match the sporran straps.


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    Oh, and while I'm at it.....


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    Wow. Talk about bling.

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    Wow. This is truly amazing.

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    Holy cow! A true example of "if you've got it, flaunt it."
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    It looks like a sporran for Huggy Bear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by figheadair View Post
    This incredibly ornate sporran is part of the accoutrements for an outfit made for the Duke of Sussex (aka Earl of Inverness) c1805 when he was President of the Highland Society of London.



    Leopard fur with gold cantle and semi-precious stones, and an enameled and diamond St. Andrew's Cross.

    Goodness knows what it cost then let alone what something like this would be now - not that one could use real leopard fur.
    Peter - I'm curious, what is the approximately weight of these very ornate sporrans? It seems that with metal such as gold and all the jewels, the sporran has got to be fairly heavy.

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