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STAFFORDSHIRE “FAWN” BEAUTIES ( Antique Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dogs ): Nineteenth Century Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dogs in good condition are hard to come by. Clive Mason Pope’s “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs” pictures only 3 different pugs (pp. 144 & 145), with this gorgeous pair head and shoulders above the others in quality, style and size. (Photo from book included.) He dates them circa 1880. Small potteries in the English county of Staffordshire started making large numbers of King Charles Spaniels, Queen Victoria’s favorite, in the 1830’s. Other breeds soon followed. They were known as “comforters”, meant for the mantels of all Englishmen – high & low. Unlike most Staffordshire dogs, these pugs are beautifully molded with great detail, wear gold collars and have golden eyes. Glass eyes were first used in Staffordshire dogs in the 1860’s and they quickly became the most highly sought after. These are the only Staffordshire Pugs with glass eyes. Though these models come from the same or similar molds their coloring varies from dark gray-brown to light “fawn” like this pair.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pug on right 11 3/4” high, on left 11 1/2” high. Both 10” long, 4 3/4” deep.


For The Pair


PUG in a BOOT ( Antique Silver Plated Pug Salt Shaker ): This salty fellow comes from my personal collection. He is a silver plated salt shaker with enough wear to give him that antique appearance. He has lovely golden brown glass eyes and, as you can see, he loves to sit in his master's boot!

Condition: Very good. There is significant wear to the silver.
Size: 3” high, 2 3/4” long, 1 3/4” wide at top tips of boot.



PUG HOOD ORNAMENT ( Antique Silver Pug Hood Ornament ): I love it! Some old Brit had a custom made pug hood ornament – probably for his Rolls-Royce. I don't know what he's made of but he is very heavy and he is shiny silver all over with very detailed features. On the bottom is the opening where he can be screwed onto your car and “MADE IN ENGLAND” is imprinted. Be the first Yank with a pug on your car.

Condition: Excellent
Size: 3” high, 3 1/2” long, 1 3/4”wide.



PUG GUARD ( Antique Silver Plated Pug Toothpick Holder ): This is a striking silver plated antique pug toothpick holder. He has the fierce expression foreign to our pugs of today, but not uncommon in Victorian Pugs. This handsome pug, guarding his master's toothpicks, has shining brown glass eyes and his silver plate is in amazingly good condition with none of the usual signs of wear. He is made by the Derby Silver Company founded in 1872 in Connecticut. Imprinted on the bottom is “DERBY SILVER CO”, “QUADRUPLE PLATE” and the model number “2306”.

Condition: Excellent. Literally no signs of wear except on the bottom.
Size: The pug is 2 1/4” high, 2 1/2” long & 1 1/2”wide. The match holder is 2” high & 2” in diameter across the top.



PUG SALT SHAKER ( Antique Silver Plated Pug Salt Shaker ): This pug could lose his head over you. He is a silver plated salt shaker with lovely brown glass eyes. As you can see from the photos he is in good condition and fully functional.

Condition: Very good. Mild wear, mainly around his tail and the top of his head.
Size: 2 5/8” high, 1 5/8” long, 1 1/8” wide.



CAT-FACED PUG PAIR ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dogs ): Antique Cat-Faced Pugs are not particularly rare but an actual pair, such as these two, is rare. These were inexpensive 19th Century Pugs made for the common man. They are posed like Staffordshire Pugs, designed to decorate one's mantle. They should be part of any pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. As is usual for antique pugs, much of the cold painted gold paint has rubbed off of the collar and bells.
Size: Both are 6” high, 3 3/4” long, 2 3/4” wide


For The Pair


ITALIAN DRESDEN ( Vintage Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): Can't afford antique or antique style Dresden Pugs? Then this fellow is for you! Yes, this is a Dresden Pug - elongated muzzle and legs, cropped ears, white with gray spots, seated with face turned, high quality hard paste porcelain and hand painted. He is almost an exact duplicate in size and molding of the 7” Thieme Dresden Pugs you can see on these pages and in our Pug Museum only his decoration is less detailed. Why is he priced so low? Because he is an Italian Dresden – very lovely, but not quite the quality found in the German Dresden Pugs. This is a 1974 model imported from Italy by Seymour Mann, Inc. – best known for porcelain dolls. On the base it used to say “Museo, First Edition”, “© Seymour Mann Inc”, “1974”, however some is rubbed off. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase a Dresden Pug at a very affordable price!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 7” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” wide.



FIERCE BAVARIAN PUG ( Antique Bavarian Porcelain Pug Dog ): These Bavarian Pugs are immediately recognizable by their coloring – black face; bright orange head, ruff, back & tail; white body and legs. Though we all know that our pugs are anything but fierce, these pugs look like they are tough. These antique pugs were inexpensive when made in the late 19th & early 20th Centuries and, thus, rarely hallmarked. They were made by the Porcelain Factory – Victoria Schmidt & Co. of Altrohlau, Austria (1891 - 1918) in what was then the Bavarian portion of the Austrian Empire. This pug is not really so fierce. He will get along famously with the rest of the pugs in your collection.
Condition: Excellent.
Size: 4 3/4” high, 5” long and 2 1/2” wide.



ONE-OF-A-KIND PUG PIN ( Brad Elfrink Bone Pug Dog Brooch / Pin ): This incredible Pug Pin was hand carved and decorated by the noted modern Bakelite artist, Brad Elfrink (a friend of my wife). Brad is best known for his stunning Bangles and Brooches hand carved from Vintage Bakelite. As a special favor to Judy, he carved this Bone Brooch based on a photograph of one of our pugs – Nala. Please note the 3-dimensional detail and the easily seen grain shown on the final photo. There is a safety catch pin on the reverse along with the signature “Brad Elfrink” and the date “12.15.6”.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 3” high, 2 7/8” wide, 3/8” deep.



PUGS LOVE CHRISTMAS ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): Are your pugs looking forward to Christmas? This one certainly is! I actually sold this darling Eve Pearce Pug several years ago but as I was wrapping her I picked it up by the dangling loose end of red ribbon on the right and broke it off. I repaired it with superglue (after refunding the buyer) and it has lived in my main display case ever since. Eve molds each of her pugs individually by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique. Her hallmark can be seen on the back edge. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. If you want to enjoy a nicely repaired Pearce Pug you can't beat this one!

Condition: Good. Repaired ribbon.
Size: 4 ½” high, 4” wide, 5” deep. Pug is 4” high, 3 3/4” long.



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 ofBR


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.





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.





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