This classic black dress sporran is made from bovine (cow) and has 3 tassels. It comes with a choice of either a Chrome Cantle (the metal part at the top) or an Antique Cantle. It also comes with a sporran chain to fit the waist measurement provided.
This sporran NOW comes with our new 'Internal Pocket' design to hold business cards, credit cards or lose change. This way, you won't have to dig around the bottom of your sporran for that last quarter or for your business card. This internal pocket design is exclusive to USA Kilts.
The waist measurement needed is the actual waist measurement, not your pants size. Typically, your pants will be 2 to 4 inches smaller than your actual measured waist.
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- My first dress sporran Lance
Quality Price ValueThis is my first dress sporran so I went with the "Classic Black" with an antique cantle and antique chain. It looks good and I expect it will go with everything. I just walked around the house wearing it and the tassels do drum against the body of the sporran, but it is somewhat muted compared to my old plain leather day sporran. The carrying capacity looks about the same as my day sporran: keys, cards and maybe my iPhone. Would buy again. (Posted on 3/4/2020)
- Nice Sporran Bill S
Value Quality PriceThis is a very nice sporran. Great quality and great materials. They provide the measurements on their specs (and they're true to description) but, this sporran won't hold much. This is my first dress sporran so maybe they all run a bit small but, I can't get much more in it than phone and keys. So, if you need somewhere for a wallet and a few things this might not be the one. If you just need to carry a few small things then this sporran would be great all around. (Posted on 10/27/2018)
- Antique finish is stunning Timothy
Quality Price ValueVery nice sporran. Excellent quality. Antique finish goes great with my Clan Keith kilt pin and buckle (Posted on 4/12/2017)
- Great product Dale
Price Value QualityGreat product a little on the high side and fast delivery. Thanks (Posted on 5/14/2016)
- Black Bovine Dress Sporran Archxpat
Price Value QualityVery nice quality. The antique finish looks great. (Posted on 1/18/2016)
- Very High Quality Scott S.
Quality Price ValueA very nice addition to my kit. Very well made, looks great and still functional...what more could you ask for? Great customer service and I will be back! (Posted on 10/27/2015)
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- Made in Scotland
- 100% Leather body
- Rabbit fur front and tassels
- Measures 9.25" high X 7" wide X 2.5" deep
- Internal Pocket (for business cards or loose change)
The Sporran (Gaelic for "purse" or “Pouch”, pronounced /Spor' en/) is a pouch that performs the same function as pocket on the kilt. It's where the kilt wearer stores their keys, wallet, etc. The sporran hangs a few inches below the belt buckle (typically 3”), directly over the wearer's 'manhood'.
Made of leather or fur (or a mixture of the 2), the ornamentation of the sporran is determined by the formality of dress worn with it. The sporran is worn on a leather strap or chain, or in the case of larger men, from 'sporran hangers' which suspend it from the belt. It is essentially a survival of the common European medieval belt-pouch, superseded elsewhere as clothing came to have pockets, but continuing in the Scottish Highlands because of the lack of these accessories in traditional dress.
There are several types of sporrans. Day Sporrans, Semi Dress Sporrans and Dress Sporran are the most common styles. There are also other styles, including Hunting Sporrans, Full Mask (aka Head On) Sporrans and Horsehair Sporrans.
Day sporrans are typically worn casually, during the day (before 6 PM). They are made from all leather and have a flap on the top. They are typically “D” shaped with the flat part at the top.
Dress sporrans are typically worn formally (after 6 and for formal events like weddings). They are made from fur (Bovine is most common in the US) and have tassels on the front and have a metal cantle (semi circle of decorated metal at the top) on top. They are typically oval shaped and open in a “V” from the top.
Semi Dress sporrans are a cross between the Dress sporran and the Day sporran. They are half leather (the flap that closes the top) and half fur (the front 'face' of the sporran). Typically they have 3 (and sometimes 2) tassels on the front. They are typically “D” shaped with the flat part at the top. While some consider them to be “a jack of all trades, master of none”, they can be worn to both formal and casual events.
Hunting sporrans are a full leather sporran with no tassels on the front. They are preferred by many pipe bands for the lack of 'drumming' done while walking (no tassels = no drumming). While it's not clear where they acquired the name “Hunting Sporran”, it is generally accepted term that is meant to differentiate them from the typical “day sporran”.
Full Mask sporrans are the fur sporrans which have the head stuffed and mounted on the flap. They can be worn formally and casually, though due to the price, most are reserved for formal occasions.
Horse Hair sporrans are most typically worn by pipe bands with a 'military' look. While they have been worn by civilians in years past (1800's), current fashion is to relegate them to pipe bands and military personnel.
This sporran is a stock item available for immediate shipment. In the rare instance that we're caught between shipments, we will let you know within 24 hours.