USA Kilts Custom Made Semi Formal Sporrans
A Semi Dress sporran is a cross between a Dress Sporran and a Day Sporran, so whether you're going out on the town or just lounging around, the Semi Dress Sporran is the perfect 'middle of the road' sporran. They are half leather (the closure flap) and half fur (the front 'panel'). While some consider them to be “a jack of all trades, master of none”, they can be worn to both formal and casual events.
Why Should You Always Have a Coin in Your Sporran?
For anyone who doesn't know, the pouch worn in front of a kilt is called a sporran. This utility pouch serves the same purpose as pockets on a pair of pants.
What does a Scotsman keep in his sporran?
Typically, a man wearing a kilt will use the sporran to carry small items such as his wallet, phone, keys, etc. But are there any traditional items you must carry in your sporran?
Historically, the sporran was used for coins, ammunition (ie. musket balls) and even oats as a convenient food ration. Now of course today nobody is going around with oats in their sporran (except maybe Fandabi Dozi). However, there seems to be some urban lore around items you should carry for luck, or at least Scottish tradition's sake.
One story goes that a kilted gentleman should always have the following in their sporran:
_ a coin
_ a handkerchief
_ flask of whisky
And if you are challenged by another "serial kilter" and can not produce these things, you have to buy them a drink!
But what are the origins of this story? is it modern or an actual old custom? How many people follow it today? The origins are murky, to say the least. Sounds like fun though! We do know that some sporran sellers in Scotland (especially in touristy areas) will throw a penny in a sporran when you purchase it so that you will "never have an empty sporran". Does this harken back to an old good luck superstition? Hard to say, but it can be a conversation starter, so why not have some fun with it?