Brass hearth ornaments have been made for centuries in England. In the case of this set, form did not necessarily follow function, as we are more enchanted by the image of the dog than its utilitarianism.
Furthermore, this charming example of a begging dog has a slightly different and perhaps more amusing look than the more common sitting terriers from the period in which it was made, the 1930s. This piece was lavished with great attention to detail in the fur, as well as the nose, eye and mouth. This fireplace tidy originally came with four tools, but as with many pieces of this age, it now sports only its shovel and poker. The happy dog, however, is the main attraction as an amusing and artful piece of Art Deco metal workmanship.
The brass has acquired an attractive soft gold color and patina from years of careful polishing. The dog and the tools are in excellent condition, especially considering their age of some 80 years and their usage. Regardless of whether you would like to use the tools to “tidy up” your fires, this is still an attractive brass ornament to display on your hearth.
It measures 14-1/4 inches tall and 8-3/4 inches wide at the base.
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