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This is one of the most handsome pair of Staffordshire dogs I’ve come across, let alone in their copper luster version. It is said the children were often employed by the Staffordshire potteries to splash paint onto various pieces, but the fine painting of both the facial features and the copper areas demonstrate a much higher level of skill. Even the chains are in copper luster.
The use of iridescent metallic compounds in pottery had been around for many years to create gold, silver and copper-colored glazes. In the 19th century, the Staffordshire potteries applied lustrous glazes in an attempt to keep interest alive in their models of dogs, which were slowly but surely becoming out of fashion by the beginning of the 20th century.
These gorgeous dogs are nearly the same as those shown in Figure 22 (page 87) of Clive Mason Pope’s “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs: A Potted History,” except for their being dressed in copper luster. They date to around 1850.
In keeping with the Victorian tradition of a pair of dogs being one of each sex, one, the one on the right, is slightly taller than the other. It stands at 12 inches high, while the “female” is 11-3/4 inches tall. Both display the number 1 on their bottoms, the size mark used by some Staffordshire potteries.
Both are in superb condition, which is not often seen today. They are a true pair, having been together for at least 130 years.
Because they were obviously considered a specimen pair by their owners, they were kept where they would rarely be handled. They therefore would make an even more wonderful addition to any collection today.
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Pair of Victorian 19th Century Copper Luster Staffordshire Spaniels
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