A lovely pair of vintage crested china French Bulldogs identified with the coat of arms of Hastings & St. Leonards which is a seaside area on the south coast of England. The bulldogs are definitely a pair and not identical in that one is turned to the left and the other to the right. They measure just 2 1/4” tall and 2 3/4” long and have painted gold accents on the ears, mouth and eyes. Crested china is typically in the form of small white glazed porcelain models made from 1858 to 1939 carrying the coat of arms of the place where they were sold as a souvenir. Some of the English factories that made them were Goss, Carlton, Shelley and Arcadian. The dogs wear buckle collars and are in great condition with no chips, cracks or crazing just a very tiny bit of wear on each to the crest paint. These are definitely rare as I've owned crested china dogs before and have never seen this pair.
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