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    Muskrat Musthave

    Quote Originally Posted by Father Bill View Post
    Just the limitation. It hadn't occurred to me when looking at some of the manufacturers' sites. I've ordered a brown muskrat from L & M, and I guess it could be Canadian traditional but not Scottish traditional based on your list. It's just the one that most appealed to me. Shipped this morning. (Jones, Jones)

    FB now youve got me jonesing for a muskrat mask sporran. It would go quite well with my RCMP kilt when at a formal occasion where uniform is not appropriate... Especially as our winter dress includes a muskrat fur hat!

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    Well, the L & M muskrat makes its debut for Hogmanay. A couple of extra pictures for those who have shown an interest.











    I find that the head sticks out straight too much when the sporran is loaded. I've put binder clips behind the head to close the top a bit and it hangs much better. If it forms to that, then fine. Otherwise, I may add a couple of internal snaps to replace the clips.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.

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    Father Bill, you wear it well.

    I just returned from a Christmas trip to Lijiang, in the mountains of China's Yunnan Province. The Old Town area of Lijiang is full of leather shops and in one I encountered a rather less refined "full mask" purse. It was certainly the right size, furry, and with a head on the flap. However, the poor critter looked rather like he'd been flattened by a steamroller in an old Tom and Jerry cartoon. I did pose with it in the appropriate position (although I was not kilted--it was rather chilly), but my wife and I agreed that if you're going to go full mask, the head needs to look more natural.

    However, the price was tempting: 75 RMB, about $11 US.

    The shop also offered various furry coats and hats, some of which looked like they were made from the pelts of Muppets.

    Yours sets the bar for what a muskrat sporran should look like, and I fear it probably cost a few dollars more

    Happy New Year to you!

    Andrew

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    Just a thought. If you wanted to make your sporran more formal you could add some accessories to it. A silver or gold cantle, if such could be fitted.

    Cheaper and easier would be woven gold or silver bells like the ones on an Argyle's badgerhead or good chained bells in an interesting pattern.

    Not that hard to DIY. You could probably get curtain cords or golden hat cords. Coloured or accented cords could match your kilt. Easy to attach and remove as necessary.

    A dressier sporran strap would also change the perceived level of formality of the sporran. I'm not a fan of chains but patten leather would look good. I'm wondering if a white or brocade strap would work. My imagination says yes but the cautious side of me thinks you could end up looking like you're wearing all the shiny things a small child picked up in a bazzare.
    The 'Eathen in his idleness bows down to wood and stone,
    'E don't obey no orders unless they is his own,
    He keeps his side arms awful,
    And he leaves them all about,
    Until up comes the Regiment and kicks the 'Eathen out.

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