Puppy Love (New Staffordshire Doggies for the Shop) September 15, 2012

I’ve been wanting a pair of porcelain Staffordshire terriers for some time. Here’s a little history I’ve found…

Starting in the 1700’s, Stafford, England became known for its porcelain. The town was located close to the natural materials needed and by the late 1800’s, had become a world center for pottery. The dogs, made to resemble King Charles Cavalier Terriers, we’re found on fireplace mantels during Victorian times, from the 1840’s to the 1890’s. Queen Victoria and her husband brought the breed into popularity and had many in their own homes. These timeless accessories can be found in a variety of colors and sizes, whether authentic or reproduction.

I’m not a pottery expert, by any stretch of the imagination, although I trust my sources. How do you tell if a dog is truly old? According to Georgia Antiques, dogs from Stafford aren’t marked on the bottom. Other English potters did mark their dogs. They also say that the original dogs have no holes on the bottom and that some reproductions have holes as large as a quarter. Mine are not marked on the bottom and have either no or very small holes. br />

The smallest of the group, ($150) is supposed to be the oldest of the group. He has a very small chip on his perky nose, but I told him that was better than having a chip on his shoulder! Somewhere along the line, he lost his twin. As always, I try to buy things I would love to have in my own home and these certainly fulfill that requirement!

The Mes Amis antique show was wonderful. One display was better than the next.

In case you were wondering, I was focused on the old saw horses, with years of mortar dripping from every surface. It served as a wonderful display table base.

I love this big tarnished silver bowl. Doesn’t it look great with my pinecones?

Betsy, part of a darling mother and daughter selling team, sold this to me.

Ok, since you insist, here’s one last picture.

It’s nothing more than the top of a box, but I just love it. I also collected a stack of ironstone platters today! I hit “pay dirt” on these beauties! Silly me, I left them in the back seat of my friend’s car, so more photos will come later!

Dear Bob Mr. Wonderful, has been out in “the cave” as he calls it, most of the day. He is working on a counter height table on large casters, that could be used for a kitchen island. Until it sells, it will be used in the shop, for class space. What I think is really cool, is that the top is made of butcher block. Food grade butcher block. I think it’s going to turn out lovely.

I spent the afternoon painting the cabinet doors with chalk paint, at the future work-shop. Inside and out. Tomorrow, it will be the drawers and some waxing, after church.

Oh dear, I didn’t include a photo of the larger Stafforshire twins! ($325). Can’t have that! They appear to be in excellent condition.


Well, it’s been a long day! I’m “thrill tired” as my parents used to say. I should sleep well and I hope you do too!

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  1. Jane on September 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Nice score on the dogs…look for glass eyed pups too. Doing outside work with Judy, just promoting, marketing, blogs etc. Thrilled to have a life back…

    • Barbara Bussey on September 16, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Glass eyed? Sounds nice! Welcome home, world traveler! Did you find any new places in NYC we should check out , next month? Great news on the work front; sounds much more manageable.

  2. Cynthia on September 16, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Great dogs. I also love that bowl.


  3. sharon on September 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Years ago, we had a very ugly replication of a Staffordshire dog at work… ugly, indeed. I worked in a large department at the Medical Center in VA. Every time a new employee was hired, they received the ugly Staffordshire dog as a present for their desk. It was *hilarious* to see the look on the face of the new employee, trying so hard to be gracious =) The “purpose” of the ugly dog was 2-fold > a bit of a joke and it also marked the desk of who was new, so that others knew and could assist them. The department was so large, it was on 2 floors and you couldn’t possibly keep track of new hires. An then… sure enough, another new hire came along and the new hire lost the dog and found out about the real purpose of the dog… hilarious. If more than 6 months went by w/o a new hire, the person w/ the dog was “let in” on the joke and is honored by keeping the dog longer than others <3

    So, I know what they look like as very ugly replications and the real thing at the local antique store.

    • Barbara Bussey on September 16, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Now that’s a funny story! Thanks for sharing! Wonder where the dog is now!

  4. Sarah on September 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Lovely finds, Barbara. Always admire the doggies and the silver bowl is going to be perfect for many things.

  5. Barb @ The Everyday Home on September 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Great finds. I have 3 sets I bought at Stoke-on-Trent in England but they are all reproductions marked Stafford. But I love them anyway just the same. My cats are mortified that I have these dogs in their house. LOL Not much longer, can’t wait to see you. 🙂 xxoo

  6. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on September 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Great Staffordshire dogs!!…I have always loved them…they are classic for any decor….and I love that box lid…great color and monogram….

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