PAIR STAFFORDSHIRE Dogs Spaniel Figurines Small 1800's Antique 19th Century

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller retro_saloon23 (868) 100%, Location: Ontario, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 143171783523 This is a beautiful pair of two Staffordshire small seated spaniel/dog figures. The figure is circa mid to late 1800'sThe spaniels were seated in pairs, decorated with a gold chain and locket, and with a creamy white base coat. The Staffordshire spaniel was the quintessential Victorian bourgeois status-symbol ornament: no mantelpiece was complete without a pair of spaniels standing guard. Staffordshire dogs were also placed on the window sill. Staffordshire dogs are nowadays collectors’ items. Since the 1720's, spaniels had been produced by pottery factories in Staffordshire. The quality of the modeling and painting of the Staffordshire dogs may differ.The Staffordshire spaniel is tied to the history of King Charles Spaniel. These spaniels became great favorites of the British monarchs. King Charles I (1600–1649) had a spaniel as a young boy. Owing to Queen Victoria’s spaniel Dash, however, the spaniel model enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1840's which lasted through her reign. Not all dog models were based solely on the spaniel. You can also find other Staffordshire dog breeds, such as pugs, afghans, greyhounds, collies, poodles, and Dalmatians The spaniels are 3 3/4" tall and it is 2 1/2" by 1 1/2" at the base. The pair is original, antique figurines and they show all the obvious signs that they are real.1.) Typical old base does not have casting holes.2.) Note typical flaws such as firing lines, glaze frizzle, bumps and pitting 3.) Paint from the sides has dripped down over the edges of the base like on these you will see.4.) Shows fine brush strokes on the muzzle and two dogs are never painted the same.5.) Firing holes were made to release expanding gas which builds up inside hollow figures during firing. Typical firing holes average about a one-eighth inch in diameter. Firing holes may or may not be present in original dogs. They may appear in the base or other locations such as the back6.) Most gold trim used on original dogs has a softer appearance than new gold trim & rarely has a mirror-like reflection, it is usually dull and almost always shows some random wear. Most gold trim used on original dogs has a softer appearance than new gold trim.7.) Crazing in new glazes is often darkened with shoe polish, dark paint or vegetable stains either at the place of manufacture or after a piece has entered the market. Although many old pieces do show crazing, crazing is not in itself any guarantee or an indicator of when, where or how a piece of pottery was made, you'll see that the old glaze/and crazing these dogs remain consistent from the underneath of the base through the body and face. The figures are in good condition for its age. There is some minimal crazing that is usual for those figurines. There is a small defects that are consistent with the age of the figurines - please refer to the pictures. Staffordshire figures and animals were made by many different potters and factories and were rarely signed.English pottery figural groups were made during the later part of the 18th Century. They were potted from simple two-piece press molds. Once dry, the molds were placed together and thin rolls of clay were inserted to seal the seams inside. The next step was to make a small hole, usually on the base, so that air was able to escape during the firing process. After the first firing, the figures were painted with underglaze colors and then dipped into a liquid glaze. Once this process was completed, the figures were then painted with enamel, over glaze, colors and any gilding required and then fired a final time. Due to the deposits of clay left in the molds, the average mold's life would not last for more than 100 figures without severe loss of quality. This is one way to tell the age of the figure, the cleaner and crisper, the earlier it was produced in the mold's life. The more often the mold was used, the less the quality of the figure produced. Check out my other items! Be sure to add me to your favourites list!SHIPPING: Canada post. Shipping costs include shipping plus cost of packaging and insurance. We will combine purchases to save on shipping cost. We are pleased to offer Worldwide Shipping. Overseas Customers: Please contact us for a Shipping Quote Prior to Bidding. We will not cancel a transaction because of the shipping costInternational Buyers Please Note: Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. We will open an unpaid case after four daysINTERNATIONAL BUYERS ONLY - if GROUND SHIPPING is your chosen option the delivery can take up to 10 weeks for Russia, Australia or Asia.!!! The item is sold as it is. Please review or contact us prior to bidding/buying !!!. Material: Pottery, Style: Victorian, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Color: Multi-Color, Year: 1850, Country of Origin: England, Object Type: Figurine

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