This scroll pattern cut from Ox horn was inspired tortoise shell peineta combs worn by Spanish women in the 19th century.
I’ve made the cantle by “book matching” two pieces of Ox horn. This is because I wanted the colouration to be symmetrical. Two separate pieces of horn have the scroll design cut into them, so that the two halves of the design can knit together and appear as one.
The hand made gold passementerie is a feature often seen on heirloom and military sporrans.
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 each other.
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.