Antique dog collar with spirit barrel St. Bernard dog embroidered collar 1864.
A very scarce Victorian embroidered dog collar and spirit barrel for a St. Bernard dog. The collar is embroidered with a cross stitch pattern in coloured threads, The spirit barrel is of coopered construction with iron bands and a removable wood bung, The wood is some sort of soft wood, possibly pine. The initials B F are stamped to the front along with 1864, which I take to be the date, certainly the construction and obvious age of this piece would put it to the mid nineteenth century.
Size: Barrel = 7" diameter x 4" deep. Collar = 25" long x 2. 1/2" wide. Weight = 785 g or 28 oz - all measure approximate.
Condition: Barrel - split to front panel, slight shrinkage and loss due to age also marks as per photographs. Collar - occasional loose threads. Overall though a charming and really very scarce survivor. Please see all photographs and as ever I am happy to send more and answer any questions you may have.
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