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PIPING HOT! ( Antique Pug & Horse Hoof Meerschaum Pipe & Case ): I can just visualize the Victorian gentleman settling down in his favorite chair after dinner wearing his velvet dinner jacket - pug curled in his lap - smoking his favorite pipe which sports this handsomely carved pug. If you sniff the bowl of this pipe, you can almost still smell his flavorful tobacco. This pipe is made of Meerschaum - the perfect material for smoking and carving. Meerschaum is a mineral - magnesium silicate - that is light and porous, creating a cool and smooth smoke. The word is German for “sea foam”. It is cream-colored and darkens with time. The carving is really detailed. You can see the facial features, with tiny glass eyes, and ears all of which have been darkened true to life. And you can see muscles, ribs and a collar. Another wonderful feature is that the pipe bowl is a horse's hoof with a horse shoe in place and the pug's right front leg is resting on the fetlock. The pug and pipe come with their customized black leather case though the hinge is unattached. This pipe shows the great history of our favorite breed – among the more popular for most of 3 centuries.

Condition: The pipe is in excellent condition. The case shows a lot of wear and the hinge is unattached.
Size: Pipe - 4” long, 1 1/2” high, 5/8” wide . Pug 1 1/2” high, 1 1/4” long, 5/8” deep. Case 4 7/8” long, 2” high, 1” deep



JOLLY PUG INKWELL ( Vintage Arthur Court Pug Inkwell ): This delightful Brass and Oak Pug Inkwell was made by the Arthur Court US company in 1979. He has been in my personal collection since the 1980's and never fails to make me smile. I like the way he has one leg tucked under him and his cute little curled tail. He could act as a container for almost anything – I chose Jelly Beans – the shape of his body. The polished oak is lovely and the gleaming brass features have great detail with glass eyes. His mouth looks like he is saying “ooh!” He has clipped ears to simulate the famous antique pug inkwells. On his bottom it says “Arthur Court” & “Copyrighted ©”Add him to your collection and I'm sure he will make you smile.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 5 1/2” high, 4 5/8” deep, 3” wide. Container 2 1/8” in diameter, 2” deep.



MATCH MAIDEN: ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Match Holder ): This is a lovely Porcelain Pug Dog Maiden carrying a basket on her back. The basket is attached to her by a beautiful blue ribbon with a big bow in the front. She is actually a match holder with the back of the basket being the striking surface. However I'm sure she would love whatever you put in her basket. How about some violets? She is very nicely modeled and hand painted. I would guess that she is late Victorian. What a sweet expression on her face! And her tongue hangs out a little, just like our Jade's does.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 4” high, 4” long, 2” wide.



AUSTRIAN PORCELAIN PUG POT ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Pot ): What do you do with this handsome Victorian-style Pug Pot? Personally, I would fill it with jelly beans, but it was probably made to hold a plant or use as a sugar bowl. Of course, you might just enjoy displaying this antique pug. He was nicely molded and hand painted in their classical orange and black colors by the Porcelain Factory “Victoria” Schmidt & Co. of Altrohlau, Austria (1891 - 1918). Their hallmark is on the bottom. I know the trademark says “Carlsbad, Austria”. Carlsbad (actually spelled Karlsbad) was used because Carlsbad was the center of Bohemia's porcelain industry and familiar to foreigners. Using “Carlsbad” rather than “Altrohlau” improved sales to Westerners. Altrohlau, Bohemia, Austrian Empire is now Stara Role, Czech Republic. I like knowing this little bit of its history.

Condition: Excellent. No cracks or chips. Various specks of black paint in glaze.
Size: 3 1/4” high, 3 1/2” wide, 4 1/4” deep. Opening 2” in diameter.





HANDSOME CAT-FACED PUG: ( Antique European Porcelain Pug Dog ): The dealer from whom I bought this lovely old Porcelain Pug confidently proclaimed the pug was made in Germany in the early 19th century. I suspect he was right except it was probably the late 19th Century. Pugs hit their only low point in Western popularity over the past 3 ½ Centuries in the early 1800's. Regardless, he is a very nicely made old porcelain pug of what I would call medium quality - nice molding with a fair amount of detail and few flaws. He is nicely decorated, but not with the great detail of Meissen or Dresden Pug Dogs. He is one of what I call “Cat Faced” Pugs and he also has a cat-like curled tail. My best advice for collectors - buy the pugs you like. That way you’ll never be disappointed. This one “spoke to me”.

Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs - only the usual wearing away of much of the gilt from the bells on his blue collar and some specks of black paint in the glaze in back.
Size: 5 1/4” high, 3 1/2” long, 2 1/2” deep.





HOW DO YOU DO? ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug & Spitz Nodder ): This German Antique Bisque Pug & White Spitz has always been among my favorites and you may have seen it on my site in the past. But this one is extra special! It is one of the quite rare “nodders”. The Spitz is the one who nods, you can see the head removed among my photos. It has a weighted bottom allowing it to nod on a metal rod through the neck. I have one in my personal collection, but beyond that this is only the second I have ever seen. Both dogs are very nicely molded. The Pug appears to be looking up at the Spitz, probably in awe about how he can nod! They are slip cast and the soft bisque surface is obtained by only giving it one final firing. There is the number "3" marked inside the open base. I hope you take this opportunity to add this relatively rare piece, in wonderful condition, to your pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. German-made with fine detailing.
Size: Pug 2 3/4” tall. Spitz 4 1/4” tall. Base 3 3/8” wide, 2” deep, 3/4” high. Total height 5”.





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