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    For those in the USA who are interested in traditional sealskin Evening Dress sporrans, here's one that's on US soil already.

    It's by W. E. Scott, Edinburgh. The design was called EW3 in their catalogue.

    It's an exceptionally handsome sporran, in that they used two different colours of seal, dark grey for the front and a near-white for the gusset and tassels. The Cantle appears to be the older version made in 5 pieces, the main piece, the knob, and the three bosses. Some of the later ones cast the bosses as part of the Cantle, only the knob being separate.

    The fur has some of those little moth-holes you see in some old seal sporrans. I don't know what else to call them, though I don't know what causes them, perhaps not moths.

    The cantle and especially the bells need a good cleaning and polishing.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Sil...ndition=4%7C10

    Last edited by OC Richard; 1st July 20 at 06:00 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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    There's also this hunting sporran in very dark brown leather and chrome top

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/sporran-rea...p2056016.l4276

    The listing states in two different places that it was made in the United States.

    In a third place the seller states it was made in Scotland.

    I messaged the seller asking 1) for confirmation as to where it was made and 2) if it's stamped Made In Scotland on the back.

    The tooling/stamping on the targe isn't familiar to me. I do wonder who made it.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    When looking at vintage sporrans one thing to always be cautious of are child's size or youth's size sporrans either not described as such, or described incorrectly as "military" or "man's" or "gent's" sporrans.

    Here's a beautiful vintage sporran, the style looks right out of the Victorian era. From the front it looks like it could be an adult sporran, and the seller provides no measurements to alert us otherwise. Happily the seller lets us see the back, where it's obvious that this is a youth's sporran. Also we can see that it closes with a popper meaning it's more recent than it looks, perhaps from the 1950s. (I messaged the seller asking to include measurements, and also advising how to spell "sporran".)

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Kil...AAAOSwKjRfBzrx

    The small size of the thistle badge on this one made me immediately suspect it was a youth's sporran. Luckily the seller provides the length, 14" which is indicative of a youth's sporran. A standard adult's horsehair sporran is 18" from the top of the cantle to the bottom of the hair. (It is true that for a period around the 1980s the Highland regiments issued Other Ranks odd short 14" horsehair sporrans, but these are easy to spot, and are an outlier.)

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Handmade-Wh...temCondition=4

    Here's another youth's sporran with that distinctive small thistle badge. The seller provides the length, 15.5" which again indicates a youth's sporran.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hor...temCondition=4
    Last edited by OC Richard; Yesterday at 03:41 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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