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SLEEPY PUGGY ( Vintage Resin Pug and Bed ): Look at this precious face. We have had more than one pug who let their tongues slip out when they were tired and ready for bed – including our present pug, Jade. This pug was beautifully carved by Sandra Brue for the Sandicast Company to mold. The pug has great detail – you can see every hair – and she has lovely glass eyes. The name “Brue” is carved into the base of the tail. She is on a blue mattress resting in a lovely basket of woven wood, stained in mahogany. There is a sticker on the bottom saying “SANDICAST”, “A Hand Cast and Hand Painted Sandicast Sculpture. San Diego, © 1982 Sandicast Co.” There are felt pads on the bottom to prevent scratching. A charming addition to any pug collection – she is just waiting for you to take her home.

Condition: Excellent. Bed included.
Size: Pug 8 1/2” long, 4 1/2” wide, 2 1/4” high. Basket 10 1/2” long, 2 1/2” high, 7 1/2” deep.



SNUG AS A PUG ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): Our pug, Jade, has an unusually thin coat. It's lucky she lives in Texas, but even here we have cold winter days and nights. At night she sleeps under my arm with her own blanket over her – much like this one Eve Pearce has wrapped around her pug in this new, very affordable model she has created. 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 base along with felt pads to prevent scratching. I was tempted to name this pug “Yoda”. Yoda's blanket has sleeves and he has bigger ears, but otherwise they look very similar. Don't you think so?

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



JUST SHAKE ME! ( Antique Silver Plated Pug Salt Shaker ): This handsome pug comes from my personal collection. I have seen a number of pug salt shakers over my many years of collecting, but this is the only one I have seen of this particular model. He was probably made by an American Silver Plate Company in the early 1900's. Many Americans couldn't afford expensive Sterling Silver items so American companies were quick to fill the need with much less expensive Silver Plate. This pug is a great example with nicely molded features including a coat suggesting hair, realistic eyes, a buckled collar and a fine curled tail. His head easily screws off. Add this rare find to your pug collection.

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



PUG PROTECTION ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Girl and Pug Dog Nodder ): I own, and have handled, a few Pug and Spitz Nodders similar to this (c. late 1800's), but I have never seen this sweet little girl and her pug protector. Though not known as fierce dogs, our pugs bark ferociously out the window at anyone walking by when we are at home. The look on this pug's face says – leave my best friend alone! The molding and decoration of this little girl are fairly elaborate. She wears a light pink frock with a gold trimmed ruffled collar and darker pink bow at the neck. There are pink flowers at both sides of her bonnet. Over this she wears a fancy pinafore tied with a large white ribbon behind. It is decorated with rows of gold fringed ruffles and pink bows down the front. Her cute face has blue eyes, pink lips and blond hair. The pug has a light blue collar with two blue tassels in front. I have shown his weighted head separately with a rod through his neck to allow him to nod. He works perfectly. Antique Pug Nodders of this quality are fairly rare. They may have originally been made as “Fairing Pieces” - inexpensive prizes given out at English country fairs, but now they are very collectable. Interestingly German porcelain companies like Conta and Boehme made most of them – better and cheaper than the English ones in those days. I have never been able to determine which German company made these. This one has a blue “M” impressed on the back of the base. Don't miss out on this rare find.

Condition: Excellent. No chips or repairs.
Size: Total 4 3/4” high, 3 1/4” wide, 2 1/4” deep. Pug & Girl 4” high.





DASHING DRESDEN DUDE ( Vintage Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): This handsome Dresden Male Pug has to be on the list for any serious pug collector. He was made by the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory of Potschappel, Germany, a suburb of Dresden. These pugs are made from still existing 19th Century molds using the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand decorated. As you can see he has longer legs and muzzle than our modern pugs and the pre-Victorian cropped ears. My photos can’t do justice to his beauty, but study the details of the molding. You can see the muscles and tendons of his legs and chest. Though impossible to show in my photos – besides the painted hair, he has fine molded hair within his glaze all over his body and tail. He wears a lovely gold trimmed lavender collar with 6 golden bells and a gold buckle. This style of Thieme Pug comes in males & females of two sizes. This is the larger and more detailed sized pug. Below the Thieme hallmark I have pictured is a painted “76”, probably denoting the artist. The “N1455H” impressed beneath the tail is probably the model number. Add this beauty to your pug family!

Layaway available for all purchases over $200.00.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, scratches or repairs. A previous owner has thoughtfully placed felt pads on the base.
Size: 8 1/4” high, 8 1/2” long, 5 1/2” deep.





FURRY PUGGY ( Large Fur Coated Pug ): After taking this pug out of our display case and photographing him, I placed him on an open shelf. Soon after that one of our cats was seen fondly rubbing against him. It was precious! You will find yourself doing the same. His very realistic looking and feeling coat is on a firm, but lightweight, frame. He even has swirls in the appropriate places along his belly. He has amber colored realistic glass eyes and is anatomically correct. He has been in my personal collection for several years. I have never seen another like him. You (and your cats) will find him a fond addition to your collection.

Condition: Excellent
.Size: 8 1/2” high, 11 1/2” long, 4 1/2” wide.



LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE ( Vintage Pug Dog Night Light ): I purchased this darling Pug Clown Night Light at an antique show many years ago. He has been in my display case, as opposed to out in the open, for fear one of our pugs or cats might choose to play with him – so he remains in excellent condition. I don't actually know when he was made, just that the pug's longer legs and muzzle and cropped ears make him look like a Victorian Pug and the silver plated light stand seems to be Art Deco inspired. The electrical parts, with a 15 watt bulb and a switch in the cord, appear newer than that and may be replacements – all work fine. Pugs have been depicted as clowns since they were chosen by French royalty to be their choice as the resident Jesters of the court in the 1600's. And they still make us laugh today – the little clowns! Just look at YouTube videos. Let this treasure Light Up Your Life!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Base 5” wide, 3 1/2” deep, 1 1/4” high. Pug 2” high, 1 3/4” long, 1” wide. Globe 3 1/2” high, 3 1/3” diameter. Total height 4 5/8”. Cord length 5 ft.





KING OF THE BLACK PUGS ( Resin Black Pug Dog Figurine ): Every month I get requests for more black pugs. I have literally searched the hills (Texas Hill Country) for them and found this handsome stud. Obviously a Westminster or Crufts champion with his Silver Crown to prove it. He is a resin cast pug with very nice details. Add a little fun to your collection!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 7” high, 6” long, 3 1/4” wide.



BISQUE BUDDIES ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Spitz & Pug Dog ): I'm not sure why a Pug and a Spitz were commonly paired in this German-made model, but I have now seen a number of them over my pug-collecting years. Initially, I was also confused as to why sometimes the Pug was the larger of the two and sometimes the Spitz. A collector educated me. The Spitz was initially a large German dog, but in the 19th Century they were bred down to smaller sizes. And today we know the smallest of them as the Pomeranian. Interesting! These are made of bisque porcelain (no glaze giving them a softer look), but have unusually fine decoration and molding for Antique Bisque pieces. You can see the Pug is the larger in this pairing. I have the reverse model listed below. I own both in my personal collection. The Pug has a blue collar and cropped ears commonly seen in 19th Century Pugs. They are seated on a mound of ground covered with grass. They are slip cast and have the number “11” painted inside and what looks like an impressed “LI” (possibly Roman numerals).

Condition: Very good. There is a hairline crack across the Spitz's left shoulder and a small firing crack at his base. The decreased price reflects these defects.
Size: 4 1/2” high, 3 1/2” wide, 2 1/8” deep.




THE PUG & THE POODLE ( Vintage Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This is the life! Our handsome Vintage Vienna Bronze Pug is being pushed on his sled by a poodle. You can tell by the detail in the sculpting of the pug, poodle and sled that this is an early 20th Century Vienna Bronze as opposed to the more mass produced new ones. And isn't it clever that I was able to photograph them sledding through snow banks here in Texas? The pug is holding a red rope attached to the front of the sled, probably helping to steady him as he sits so upright. The initials “KK” are impressed on the underside of the sled indicating it was made by the K K Kunst-Erzgiessere Foundry of Vienna founded in the mid 1800's. Let this pug ride on your pug shelf!

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





DRESDEN DAME ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): The Carl Thieme Porcelain Company, established in 1867 in the Dresden suburb of Potschappel, is located just far enough away to have saved most or their 19th Century molds from the WWII destruction of Dresden. That is very fortunate for those of us who love pugs. To the best of my knowledge seven antique mops molds remain. This sitting lovely lady is one of the two smallest, but she is quite a beauty. She is decorated in fawn and black and wears a royal blue collar with three golden bells on it along with a small blue bow at the back. The Thieme Dresden hallmark is near the base of her belly; the number “712” is impressed on the bottom. Made from hard paste porcelain, Thieme Pugs rank right up there with Meissen's in terms of quality. A lovely addition to any pug collection!

Condition: Excellent. The small hole in her chest (see photo) is a firing hole, not a defect.
Size: 4 3/4" high, 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4” 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 artist, Brad Elfrink (a friend of my wife, JJ). 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 of the back of the brooch. There is a safety catch pin on the reverse along with the signature - “Brad Elfrink” and the date “12.15.6”. You need never fear entering a room and seeing anyone else wearing such a prized Pug Pin. Pugs rule!

Condition: Excellent. Never worn.
Size: 3” high, 2 7/8” wide, 3/8” deep.



DRIVE ON PUSSY CAT! ( Fritz Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dogs ): In most animal cartoons and vignettes the street-smart cat is always one up on the lovable, but gullible, dog. In our figurine the cart is turned – so to speak. A young pug couple is being shown the sites riding on a cat-driven donkey cart. Judging from the umbrellas, they are probably in London. (No offense to you U.K. Collectors. Your country is beautiful and green.) The details of this little masterpiece are remarkable. You can see the coats of all four animals, the donkey is darling with very realistic harness and reins and the mean old bewhiskered cat swings a realistic whip. The cart has everything – wheels, springs, pole, seats and side rails. You can see “WB” (Wein - Austrian for Vienna - & Bermann) painted on the front panel. I believe the straw hat is that of an Austrian young man (pug). He carries his blue umbrella and she her red one. I have photographed the hallmark, which I believe is a “W” with a double “B” above it – one of those used by the Fritz Bermann Bronze Company of Vienna, established in 1850. There is also one on the donkey's belly. An eye-catching addition to any Vienna Bronze collection.

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





PERKY PUG ( Antique Silver Plate Pug Dog ): James W. Tufts opened his Silver-Plate Company in Boston in 1875 to provide fine tableware for middle and lower class people who could not afford Sterling Silver. He produced mainly high-quality quadruple plate items meaning the electroplating contained four times the amount of pure silver than standard plate. He also produced elaborate silver soda fountains and founded Arctic Soda Fountain which later became the American Soda Fountain Company. I don't know what this perky quadruple silver plated pug was initially a part of. You can see a piece of metal on the top of the back end of the base which I assume fastened him to something larger. I'd like to think it was a pug decorated soda fountain! On the bottom is stamped the Tufts star hallmark surrounded by “James W Tufts, Boston” and “Warranted Quadruple Plate”, plus the model number “1543”. (As a little trivia – Tufts also founded Pinehurst, N.C., - the famous golf resort town.) Make this old perky fellow yours

Condition: Good. Was one part of a larger item.
Size: Base 3 3/4” long, 1 3/8” wide, 1/4” high. Pug 2 1/8” long, 1 1/2” high, 5/8” wide. Total height 1 3/4”.



THE HAPPY COUPLE ( Vintage Bergmann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): My title is facetious. Unhappy Mr. Pug (on the right) has his eyes “squinched” and is looking off in the distance – wishing he were anywhere else. Madame Pug has her eyes wide open – looking daggers at him. “You will help me with the wash or else!” The details in this little masterpiece – pugs, rolled cloth, bar of soap, soap bubbles in blue water, large wooden tub – are amazing. I collect and deal both vintage (pre WWII) and new (last 20 years) Vienna Bronze Pugs. It is important to understand and be able to recognize the difference. The vintage pieces, such as this one, were molded in small batches and have much finer detail – note how you can see each individual hair of the pugs' coats. Even though the new pieces may come from the same old molds, they are made in much larger batches with much less detail and fast drying acrylic cold cast painting is used. The Vintage Vienna Bronzes have a much higher value. Franz Bergmann, one of Vienna's most famed bronze artists, opened his first bronze foundry in 1860. His work was continued into the 20th Century by his son, Xavier Bergmann. Many of their 20th Century pieces are based on the designs of Franz. One of Bergmann’s distinctive hallmarks – a “B” within an urn – can be seen on the bottom of the tub, along with “Austria”. This is a definite prize for you Vienna Bronze collectors!

Condition: Excellent. Very minimal loss of paint. It must not have been handled much by previous owners.
Size: 2 3/4”" wide, 1 5/8" high, 1 1/2” deep.





PROUD PUG ( Resin Pug Dog Book End ): I like the way this pug looks up at his mistress or master while perched on his pedestal – as if saying: “Aren't you proud of me?” And he is a champion. He has a deep cherry colored coat (darker than in my photos) making him look as if carved from some beautiful wood. His face and ears are realistically darker yet. He is nice sized as you can see from the soda can prop photo. He is seated on a black pedestal and the shape of it, with one flat side, indicates he was made as a book end. However, he can certainly just become a very nicely priced handsome member of your pug collection.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 8”. Pug 6 3/4” high, 4” long, 3” wide. Base 5” long, 4 1/4” wide, 1 1/4” high.



CIGAR ANYONE? ( Vintage Faux Antique Pug Dog Humidor ): At first glance one could easily take this handsome fellow, with his nice pattern of crazing and golden collar and bow, for a true antique pug humidor. But, in fact, he is a very nicely made 20th Century reproduction of a popular 19th Century model. He is a warm golden tan color fading into white in front. His face is nicely decorated in an antique style. Just for fun I have photographed him beside an antique Majolica Pug Humidor from my personal collection. You can easily see the resemblance.

Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs.
Size: 8” high, 7” long, 5” wide.




STANDING STRONG ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog ): What is relatively rare about this Antique Pug Figurine is that he is standing rather than seated. Some years ago, while trading pug collection photos with a veteran and knowledgeable collector, she commented on a similar standing pug I had, telling me the ratio of seated to standing antique pugs was probably 10-20 to 1. Subsequently I have noted that she was correct. This pug, though similar to the famous Conte & Boehme Pugs, was probably not made by them – though, my guess is that he is German in origin. He has the typical 19th Century pug features – longer legs and muzzle, cropped ears, blue collar with bells. Posed to display. Add this relatively rare antique standing pug to your collection.

Condition: Excellent. No chips cracks or repairs. There is a feint line in the glaze on the neck original to the piece.
Size: 3 1/4” high, 3 3/4” long, 1 1/2” wide.




WANT A MATCH, MISTER? ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug Dog Match Holder ): I have seen and sold Pug Match Holders similar to this, but they have been white pugs who are fully glazed with a pink or blue ribbon and bow. This pug is bisque (a single fired porcelain giving a soft, slightly textured finish) with warm brown coloring and a humorous look on his face with his tongue sticking out and both eyes looking upward. There are remnants of gold strips on his ribbon and bow. In Victorian days the gold was “cold painted” after the piece cooled and then easily rubbed off – thus the partially missing gold on the collars and bells of most antique pugs. You can see the back of the basket acts as the match striker. He is unmarked, but has a gold “65” painted on the bottom. He most likely is a German made English “Fairing Piece” – given out as prizes at English country fairs.

Condition: Excellent. No chips or repairs. There are some small crevices in the bottom of the basket, but they are not full thickness. The basket holds water. He does have some of the gold rubbed off of his ribbons and bow.
Size: 3 1/4" high, 3 1/2" long, 1 7/8” wide.




SMOKIN’ HOT PUGS ( Antique German Pug Dog Meerschaum Cigarette Holder ): The owner of this Victorian Cigarette Holder had to smile whenever he lit up. Who wouldn’t - looking at these 4 beautifully carved pugs seated on their fancy fringed carpet. The pugs are carved from Meerschaum - a mineral used to carve pipes and cigar holders for hundreds of years. Their faces have been realistically darkened and notice their nicely carved curlicue tails. It has a brass tip that the cigarette fits in and an amber mouthpiece with the tooth marks of the Victorian owner. It comes with the original case marked “FR. ROSENSTIEL”, HOLIEFERANT” & “BERLIN U. D. LINDEN 48”. My German friend tells me that “FR.” most likely stands for “Friedrich”, “U. D. LINDEN” (Unter Den Linden) is a famous street in Berlin and – of most interest – “HOLIEFERANT” means “Royal Warrant” or “Purveyor to the Court” – the equivalent of the English “By appointment of her Majesty the Queen”. Thus Rosentiel was one of the privileged few allowed to deliver his products to the Royal Family.

Condition: Excellent. No broken ears or tails.
Size: 4 3/8" long, 5/8” in diameter at tip. Pug area 1 5/8" long, 7/8" high.


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