A delightful Swiss , wooden, hand carved, rather small, St. Bernard standing dog, 1930 - 1940. Nicely detailed and made from a soft wood.
Since the early 18th century, monks living in the snowy, dangerous St. Bernard Pass—a route through the Alps between Italy and Switzerland—kept the canines to help them on their rescue missions after bad snowstorms. Over a span of nearly 200 years, about 2,000 people, from lost children to Napoleon's soldiers, were rescued because of the heroic dogs' uncanny sense of direction and resistance to cold.
Size : L. 8.5 cm. ( 3 11/32" ) x B. 2 cm. ( 0 25/32" ) x H. 6.3 cm. ( 2 31/64" ).
Weight : 17.5 g. ( 0 .62 ounces ).
Condition : good - used with small signs of ageing , tiny blemishes to those parts painted.
A Swiss wood carved St. Bernard dog , 1930-1940.