A Pair of No.4 Black & White Staffordshire Spaniels - circa 1860
A classic pair of Staffordshire Spaniels,
lovely underglaze black markings and gilt collars.
and with happy faces.
Comforter spaniels, fire-side or mantle dogs,
they came in all shapes and sizes and decorated houses
the length and breadth of England.
In some streets of terraced houses, every one could have a pair
looking out of the window onto the street, but the most popular position
has traditionally been around the fireplace.
Moulded No. 4 on the base
they can be found in sizes No. 1 to No. 6 (the smallest).
There are very slight differences but I believe these to be a true pair,
that have always been together.
Any fine, early, true pair, in good condition should be cherished,
there are many, many late, matched, poor quality and damaged pairs
that are very easy to find.
They are in very good condition,
with no damage and no restoration.
Height: 7.5 inches