Rare English Staffordshire Porcelain Figural Dog Head Whistle c1890
This unique English porcelain whistle is beautifully modelled in the form of a dog's head, with fine hand painted enamel decoration and traces of gilt to the mouthpiece. The tiny whistle is modelled after a trusty hunting hound and hand painted with Dalmation type spots of black with a white muzzle, black nose, floppy ears, pink tongue and sweet face. There is an original hole drilled through the upper jaw to hold a chain or cord – can be worn as a fine piece of jewelry. The piece measures 2 inches long. It is unmarked; made possibly by Worcester, and dates to the late 19th century. These whistles were popular for the fox hunting crowd in the English countryside.
In lovely original condition. No chips cracks or repairs; minor signs of wear around the mouthpiece commensurate with age and use. The whistle blows loud and shrill, and so very collectable!
The whistle is quite rare and will make a wonderful addition to any collection of figural or ceramic whistles. The spotty dog will win your heart.