This is an English Staffordshire Begging Spaniel Jug, dating closer to 1850, but in the date range of 19th century 1850 to 1870. The material is a soft paste or pottery, produced by the Staffordshire potters during this time period.
The jug is 10 ½” high and about 4” by 4” at the bottom.
This particular spaniel is called a red and white spaniel, though the color is more of a russet and the white is an off-white.
The price guide of this rare begging spaniel was $1275 to $1375 in 1997. I refer you to the book “Staffordshire Spaniels” by Adele Kenny, pages 131-133.
The spout is mauve, with carefully painted black whiskers, a black nose and a brown mouth. The eyes are yellow and black. There is black at the end of the paws. There is a gold line at the neck to show a collar and tag. The top resembles a tricorn hat, a style worn during this time period, and there are red berries and green leaves. The mouth rim is colored in the same color as the eyes.
There is a lot of crazing. There has to be crazing because it shows the time period. The bottom is not marked as to the maker. That is also important as these original spaniels were never marked by a maker. If you see a maker’s mark, it is not an original. The bottom underside has an age line that you can see clearly in the photos, and it does not go through the pottery as there is no age line in the interior bottom. There is a flake of color missing on one side and I give a closeup photo. The nose shows a little color wear.
This jug had a lot of estate debris in it. I cleaned the inside, however the interior bottom still shows some dirt and staining from the crazing.
English Staffordshire Begging Spaniel Dog Jug Red & White c 1850 - 1870
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