Burr cantle in elm. This elm tree stood in Queens Street Gardens Edinburgh before being bought down in a storm. Named after the The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders famous “Swinging Six” sporran.
The long white hair is horse. This style of sporran is was very popular in the Victorian era and perhaps even earlier. It’s a very labour intensive way of making a sporran. Bunches of horse hair are hand knotted onto thread and then sewn to a base of goat hide. It’s often called pleating as layer upon layer of horse hair is lain on top of one another. Hand crochet horse hair tassels, held together by beautifully knot work.
The sporran is made from leather tanned using vegetable extract rather than chemicals. The colour is inspired by antique military examples which are red. The lining of the sporran are in green suede. The sporran has credit card slots and a pocket for small change. Each sporran comes with a grosgrain and leather belt, finished with brass buckle and tip. This grosgrain is the same material traditionally used on lapels of dinner jackets.
All sporrans are made in the British Isles.