I think it's a fox, but it's got a collar on and is on a leash of some sort, so in spite of that bushy tail and pointy fox nose, there is a chance this is a dog instead. Often we find these depicting a fox in a trap, usually a claw trap on a leg, but perhaps this is some sort of a noose trap? I'm unsure. What I am certain of is that the carving on this mid-1800s treasure is exceptionally fine. Anatomical study and execution are both masterpieces of the genre. I don't see a signature on this one, but whomever was our carver should have been famous. The old carvings thrill me. Such artistry!
Very good to excellent condition throughout for age and type. The thin carved leash or chain is broken there between the fox's legs but nothing else is. A tiny nip perhaps on one ear, but little enough to show for 150 or more years in existence. There is a lock that appears to be working but we do not have a key to fit it at listing time. We sometimes can match one of our spares (we try to keep a stash) and if we can, we'll note it to the listing later on. Magnificent carving! Original crimson silk lining on the inside is tattered but does remain, all original. See images for all details.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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