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Chris Goerner




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PostPosted: Fri 14 Apr, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Anyone know a source for 18th century style sporrans?         Reply with quote

I am looking for a good 18th century style sporran. Although I would be interested in any that are historically appropriate, I am particularly interested in ones with have a brass cantle.

Donnie Shearer has some on his website, but at $400-500, they are out of my price range. If I can find an appropriate cantle, I believe I can make the leather body of the sporran myself.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

Chris

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Apr, 2006 12:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chris, I don't have the foggiest idea what they go for but the one's Rob does for Albion look pretty spiffy.
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Apr, 2006 1:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Chris

Patrick Thaden made a really nice period cantle for Alex McCracken, to which Alex added the leather pouch !
(I've linked two posts he did on SFI that show it completed & in-progress!)

http://www.thadenarmory.com/
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http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?s...ght=cantle

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?s...ght=cantle

Good luck, Mac



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Alex McCracken




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PostPosted: Mon 17 Apr, 2006 5:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Mac,

Thanks for posting the info and pics. One correction. Patrick had someone local to him
make the bag portion of the sporran. I didn't make a thing.

Alex

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Chris Goerner




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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 4:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mac and Alex,

Thanks for your replies. That sporran is a beauty, and just the style I am looking for.

Alex -- can you tell me what the cost of the cantle was? Would you recommend the maker -- how was he to work with?

Many thanks,
Chris

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Alex McCracken




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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr, 2006 2:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Chris,

Patrick Thaden is a great guy, and super easy to work
with. He's incredibly smart, and was able to create my
sporran based on images that I sent him (some of
them thanks to Mac) and also some research of his
own. He enjoyed making the sporran since he normally
does armour, and I'm sure he'd enjoy making another
one. I paid $400 for mine if I remember correctly, bag
portion included. The cantle is solid silver, which,
together with the bag, are what jacked the price up.

I'm sure if you went with brass, and only the cantle
portion, the cost would be significantly less, especially
if you got the same style as mine. Brass seems to
be more common as well, historically.

I definitely give Pat two dirks snaps and a sgian dhub
twist , which is to say, I highly recommend him. Happy

Alex

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