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Vintage and antique Staffordshire dogs for sale

Welcome to our collection of exquisite Staffordshire dogs for sale! These charming ceramic figurines, originating from the renowned Staffordshire region of England, boast a rich history and timeless appeal. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, our Staffordshire dogs capture the essence of 19th-century craftsmanship and Victorian elegance.

What are Staffordshire dogs?

Staffordshire dogs, also known as Staffordshire pottery dogs, Wally dogs or simply Staffordshire figures, are a type of pottery figurine that originated in the Staffordshire region of England in the 19th century. These ceramic dogs were typically produced in pairs, often depicting two different breeds, such as spaniels, poodles, or greyhounds, seated on decorative bases.

Staffordshire dogs became highly popular during the Victorian era, particularly in the 19th century, and were often displayed on mantelpieces or in cabinets as decorative items in middle-class homes. They were mass-produced by various pottery manufacturers in Staffordshire, utilising a variety of decorative techniques such as hand-painting or transfer printing.

The designs of Staffordshire dogs varied widely, with different poses, colours, and sizes being produced. Despite their popularity during the Victorian era, Staffordshire dogs continue to be collected and admired by enthusiasts today, both for their historical significance and their aesthetic appeal.

Staffordshire-style pottery dogs continued to be produced in the 20th century, and they are often referred to as "Staffordshire-style" or "Staffordshire-inspired" rather than authentic antique Staffordshire dogs. During this time, various manufacturers continued to produce ceramic figurines influenced by the traditional Staffordshire designs, catering to the ongoing demand for these decorative items. While not authentic 19th-century pieces, Staffordshire-style dogs from the 20th century can still hold value for collectors and enthusiasts interested in vintage ceramics.

Shop online with us for Staffordshire and Staffordshire style pottery dogs

Each Staffordshire dog in our collection is a testament to the skill and artistry of the potters who crafted them. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a newcomer to the world of antique pottery, you'll find something to adore in our curated selection.

Indulge in the nostalgia of yesteryear as you explore our range of Staffordshire figures, featuring a variety of breeds, poses, and colours. From regal spaniels to graceful greyhounds, each pair of Staffordshire dogs tells its own unique story and adds a touch of vintage charm to any home decor.

Whether you're searching for the perfect accent piece for your mantelpiece or a thoughtful gift for a fellow collector, our collection of Staffordshire dogs for sale are sure to delight. Browse our collection of English pottery dogs today and bring a piece of English history into your home.

How do you spot a reproduction Staffordshire pottery dog?

Staffordshire-style pottery dogs have been made over a significant period, spanning from the early 19th century to the present day. The height of their production was during the Victorian era in the 19th century when they became immensely popular as decorative items in middle-class homes. However, the production of Staffordshire-style dogs continued into the 20th and 21st centuries, with various manufacturers creating reproductions and modern interpretations of these classic designs. As a result, Staffordshire-style dogs have maintained their popularity and appeal among collectors and enthusiasts for nearly two centuries.

Spotting a reproduction of a Staffordshire pottery dog can be challenging, but there are some key indicators to look out for:

  1. Markings: Authentic antique Staffordshire dogs often have manufacturer's marks or stamps on the underside. Research common marks from reputable manufacturers.
  2. The quality of detail: Original Staffordshire dogs were meticulously crafted with fine details. Look for signs of high-quality painting, intricate features, and smooth glazing.
  3. Age: Consider the age of the piece. Genuine Staffordshire dogs typically date back to the 19th century. Be wary of "antique-style" pieces that may be modern reproductions.
  4. Condition: Authentic Staffordshire dogs may show signs of wear consistent with their age, such as crazing in the glaze or minor chips. Perfect condition in a purported antique may raise suspicion.
  5. Price: If the price seems too good to be true, it might be a reproduction. Genuine Staffordshire dogs can fetch high prices due to their rarity and historical value. And while there is nothing wrong with a good quality reproduction the price you pay should reflect this.
  6. Research: Educate yourself on the characteristics of authentic antique Staffordshire dogs through books, online resources, or consulting with experts.

By paying attention to these factors, you can increase your chances of identifying a genuine Staffordshire dog and avoiding paying too much for reproductions.

Shop with confidence knowing that each Staffordshire dog in our collection has been carefully vetted for authenticity and quality. if we believ the dog to be reproduction or vintage rather than antique we ill mention this in the listing. With our dedication to customer satisfaction and our commitment to preserving the beauty of these wonderful pottery dogs, you can trust that your purchase will be a cherished addition to your collection for years to come.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a piece of Staffordshire history. Start exploring our collection of gorgeous Staffordshire dogs today!