This is an early 1900s era set of salt and pepper shakers depicting Nipper, the terrier dog icon of RCA Victor "His Master's Voice" advertising. The dogs are white base chinaware with darkest brown (nearly black) glaze markings, almost certainly hand painted.
SIZE: Approximately three inches tall.
CONDITION: Lovely with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. Both have old corks (tightly in place). The glaze is bright and colors are strong. One dog has a stray spot of brown glaze on its neck, the way it was made. The only "issue" Is hard to see very light glaze crazing, expected in this type of china ware.
There are no manufacturer markings on this set. It would have been used as a promotion item to help sell RCA Victor's "His Master's Voice" music products, starting with gramophones and continuing through to today.
Nipper was a terrier born in Bristol, England in 1884, and died in 1895. Dog breeds of the 19th century were very different than today, but there is speculation that he was a smooth fox terrier or even an early Jack Russell or bull terrier type. His master painted a portrait of him quizzically listening to a wind-up cylinder phonograph, an endearing image that would become one of the most successful advertising trademarks, ever, in the world. In the United States it was used promoting Victor music machines and record labels, and then Radio Corporation of America products, after RCA's acquisition of the Victor company in 1929. The dog-and-gramophone image is now licensed by RCA Records and its parent company, Sony Music Entertainment, from Technicolor SA, which operates RCA's consumer electronics division (still promoted by Nipper the dog).
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