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    The olfactory sense (smell) is thought in current psychological studies to be the sense that most brings back memories. It puts us back into a time and place quite instantly according to studies I've read of.
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    Richard.....the third photo, in your opening post. Is that the subject of your "Interesting Eagle Sporran"?
    "I can draw a mouse with a pencil, but I can't draw a pencil with a mouse"

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    Quote Originally Posted by figheadair View Post
    Do you know who it is?

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    Yes, from Highland Bagpipe Makers by Jeannie Campbell:

    "Archie McPhedran was born in Glasgow in 1885. His father, also known as Archie, was from Inveraray, and was a member of a well-known family of pipers who were related to John Ban MacKenzie.

    Archie was Pipe Major of the 5th Highland Light Infantry and Pipe Major of the Glasgow Shepherds, both top bands of the time."
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Quote Originally Posted by figheadair View Post
    Who is this and/or where did you find the picture?

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    it's extremely interesting because of the kilt and sporran which are both pat of the uniform of the Glasgow Celtic Society from c1880. The eagle on the cantle is clear, as are the blox-pleats and one of the MacKenzie ribbons of the kilt.

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    Sorry I don't remember where I got that photo.

    Is the sporran like this one, currently on Ebay?



    We can see, comparing the Ebay sporran above to the one below, that the Ebay sporran seems to be rather dented or misshapen along the top rim of the cantle.

    Also it's clear that the Ebay sporran is white with black tassels while the one in the vintage photo is brown/grey with white tassels, the former befitting Evening Dress, the latter befitting Day Dress.

    I wonder if members could order any hair colour combination they preferred? Or order one interchangeable cantle with two bodies for Day and Evening?



    Here's another one

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    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    Sorry I don't remember where I got that photo.

    Is the sporran like this one, currently on Ebay?



    We can see, comparing the Ebay sporran above to the one below, that the Ebay sporran seems to be rather dented or misshapen along the top rim of the cantle.

    Also it's clear that the Ebay sporran is white with black tassels while the one in the vintage photo is brown/grey with white tassels, the former befitting Evening Dress, the latter befitting Day Dress.

    I wonder if members could order any hair colour combination they preferred? Or order one interchangeable cantle with two bodies for Day and Evening?



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    Just a thought. I wonder if the “eagle” on the sporran cantle is in fact a swan? The wings, the body, the legs particularly the thighs and particularly the neck, head and beak don’t look very “ eagle” like to my eye. Does it matter? Well in heraldry it may be significant and may point you in another direction.
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    Is there another bird of significance from Scotland during that time period? Something beside eagles or swans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    Also it's clear that the Ebay sporran is white with black tassels while the one in the vintage photo is brown/grey with white tassels, the former befitting Evening Dress, the latter befitting Day Dress.

    I wonder if members could order any hair colour combination they preferred? Or order one interchangeable cantle with two bodies for Day and Evening?
    It's also possible, perhaps more likely, that the difference reflected the rank/position of the wearer in the organisation.

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    Back to vintage check tweeds, here's another. Sir Iain Colquhoun. I wish the photo were larger, but it's the best I have.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jumary View Post
    Is there another bird of significance from Scotland during that time period? Something beside eagles or swans?
    Not in real life, but perhaps a dragon, with that wee tuft at the back of the head?
    " Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of idle minds and minor tyrants". Field Marshal Lord Slim.

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    The socks (hose?) in the second pic of the OP caught my eye. They appear to be your garden variety wool "hunting sock" that everyone wore before the days of polypropylene and other wicking fabrics.

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