EXCLUSIVE! Ancient and immortal art - now an heirloom quality sporran!
Our Book of Kells Dress Sporran is a USA Kilts exclusive. It features our private cantle design with hand-sculpted details inspired by the Celtic illumination in the Book of Kells. Even the shoulder of the cantle is richly etched with knotwork from the pages of the Book of Kells. Trinity knot bells hang from crossed chains in front of a luxurious black bovine pelt.
This sporran is lined with suede and comes with our unique internal pocket design to hold your business cards / loose change, etc.
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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- Just Beautiful! JP
Quality Price ValueCouldn't be more pleased with the quality. First sporran I have to have a key fob inside. Love that feature! (Wish that I had that on my day sporran!). Looking forward to wearing this at a formal event next month. Just Beautiful! (Posted on 5/20/2021)
- Beautiful Crafted Sporran! Enava
Price Value QualityThis handsome Book of Kell’s Dress Sporran doesn’t disappoint! Great addition to my Argyll jacket and vest and newly made Kilt. All from USAKilt. Very pleased. Thank you USAKilts for great products and service! (Posted on 3/26/2021)
- Super craftmenship Fred
Price Value Qualitylooks great,very sharp,stands out.well made. (Posted on 1/2/2021)
- Very nice Angus Folk Singer
Price Value QualityWhile I have worn kilts since 2001, this is my first formal/dress sporran. Having seen the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin, this sporran hit a sentimental spot in my heart. The craftsmanship appears to be top-of-the-line, and you can't beat 2-weeks from order to receipt during the height of Christmas shipping.
I gave it only 4 stars on price and value simply because I haven't priced comparable formal/dress sporrans and have nothing to compare. (Posted on 12/29/2020)
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- Made in Scotland
- 100% Leather body
- Musquash fur front and tassels
- Measures 9.25" high X 6.75" wide X 2.75" 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.