Offered is this exceptionally nice pair of antique 8 3/4" high Staffordshire King Charles Spaniels c. 1850. Although I have always found the facial expression of all Staffordshire dogs wonderfully amusing, the faces on these are particularly beguiling. They are well highlighted with gold accents on their ears, tails and specks across their front, gold collars, locks and chains. They even have a little gold clover shape dot on the tops of their heads, which is rare. Their eyes are pale yellow and well done with neat detail, as are their flesh colored and black noses.
Although absolutely identical in every aspect, one of them is missing the grey accent to his feet. Having lived with these for longer than I would like to admit (my Mother was an antique dealer in England and had a complete fetish for all Staffordshire dogs - we used to call her extensive collection 'her kennel'), I must say that I had never noticed this difference before. So to me, it does not detract from their status as a pair and actually adds to their authenticity.
They are both in excellent antique condition with almost no loss to the gilding, very little rubbing or paint loss to their noses, only very minor crazing, no hairline cracks and only a very few tiny firing flaws which I can see. One dog does have a small chip to his back and they both have some very tiny nibbles to the underside of their bases. Both have pencil size firing holes on their backs. As is typical for their period of mid 19thC, they are unmarked.
They measure 8 3/4" high on a base which is 6" long. Weight is 3lbs 4 oz. They look glorious on a mantel, with or without a 'kennel' of other friends...!
This pair are the first to sadly depart 'the kennel' so if of interest, please watch out for future listings of many more in a wide variety of sizes and coloring.
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