19th Century Antique Jacobite Style Sporran - One of the most popular sporrans we get asked to recreate is the Jacobite style sporrans of the late 17th and 18th centuries in the style worn during the 45. The 1950's Culloden army sporran cantle is often used to create the look. However, even these MOD brass cantles are becoming rare and highly sort after.
Once in a while we have found original 18th century sporrans and they normally find new homes in public or private collections. During the 19th century with the Highland Revival and Queen Victoria promoting Highland life these Jacobite sporrans were recreated in small numbers. Recently we were very lucky to find one of these mid 19th century brass bullseye cantle sporrans.
The leather ( we think it may be deer skin or pig skin ) was very dry as it had sat in a box hidden away for many years. However, it was important to us to try and preserve to original leather pouch. The leather was treated and fed over a period of time and slowly the leather softened up and the amazing leather patina restored. The hinged brass sporran cantle has a twist catch to lock the cantle which we have seen on other cantles of the period.