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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.



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.



ENGLISH GENT ( Fritz Berman Vintage Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): OK, this English Gentleman Pug is a little down on his luck and out-of-pocket but he still puts on a good front with his top hat (slightly mashed), collar with bow tie and fancy Sherlock Holmes style pipe. I wonder if he barks with an English accent? He was made in the 1990's by the Fritz Bermann Bronze Company founded in 1850. You can see the Bermann hallmark on the bottom - “F B” over “W”. The “W” is for “Wein” - Vienna. Though relatively newly cast, his mold probably date back to the early 1900's. One of my rules for pug collecting is to choose pugs that will always make you smile – and he certainly does that!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 7/8” high, 1 3/8” deep, 3/4” wide.



TRAVEL DAY ( Cold Cast Bronze “Heredities” Pug Dog ): My guess it that you who have pugs are familiar with this scene – your pug sitting on your luggage with a worried look on his face. All of our pets know that suitcases mean that mom and dad are going away. They get in and on our suitcases trying to change our minds – or at least make it as hard as possible to pack. It is really very touching to know how much they will miss us. This cold cast Bronze is one of a limited series of 2000 sculpted by J. L. Spouse for Heredities, Ltd., established in the small town of Kirby Stephen (near the Lake District in the UK) in 1968. The sculptor's name is on the name tag of the suitcase. It has the original “Heredities” felt on the bottom with a sticker saying “Made in England”. I purchased it in 1982. It was one of the earliest additions to our pug collection. Once again this follows my pug collecting rule – always get pugs that will make you smile!

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



FEBRUARY RESCUE PUG ( Antique Majolica Pug Dog Smoking Set ): He's a snappy dresser! This old pug (late 19th Century) is out in his back yard with his fenced in cigar or cigarette holder, match-holder with scratch pad and ash tray surrounded by grass and flowers. Victorian Majolica is earthenware molded pottery with colorful lead glazes giving them very bright colors. Why, you might ask, is this rare and delightful antique pug now a Rescue Pug? It is due to the extensive repair of the right side and much of the back of the base. They do not show from the front view. I think you will find his “adoption fee” very affordable. Please give him a good new home.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Monthly Rescue Dogs are for U.S.A. collectors only unless purchased along with another item(s) by an International collector.

Condition: Fair. Fine cracks in back of cigarette holder and repair of base.
Size: 5 1/5” high, 6 3/4” wide, 4 3/4” deep. Pug 4 1/2” high, 3” long, 2” wide.



RETIRED *LUNCH AT THE RITZ* “WALKING THE DOG” PUG EARRINGS ( Pug Dog Jewelry ): My wife, JJ, has graciously allowed me to post one of her best pieces of Pug Jewelry. This “LATR” retired design is called “Walking The Dog” and has clip backs for comfort. Mirror images, the top triangle shows an elegantly gloved hand holding a black leash with three high society pups ready to step out. A rhinestone collared Pug dog looks doubtfully at the leash. Suspended on chains, hand enameled Poodles, Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers cascade down from your ears. All have dimensional touches and a scattering of glitter embedded in the enamel finish. These earrings are a mixture of rhinestones, crystals, resin and a thick coating of 24 KT gold electroplate. Earring backs bear the LATR Hallmark Logo. Menu card included. LUNCH AT THE RITZ Earrings are the epitome of glamour and glitz. Bon Appetit!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 3 1/2” long, 2” wide. Triangle clip top is 1 1/2” wide.





BUTTERFLY & THE BEAST ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug Dot Match Holder ): This Victorian Pug looks like he is ready to jump out of the way when the large lovely butterfly at his feet takes off. You can tell he is a 19th Century Pug from his clipped ears, longer muzzle and longer legs. He sits on a decorated grassy base in front of a match holder basket. The woven surface serves as the striker. The pug and base are beautifully molded with great detail. The matte finish of bisque porcelain gives a soft look to the pug's coat. Bisque is more delicate than glazed porcelain, making it even more unusual for a piece such as this to be in such good condition. There are letters and numbers o the base along with an “R” in a box hallmark. (see photos) I do not know the company. I have never seen another of this pug model in all my years of collecting. He is truly rare and beautiful.

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



PRECIOUS PUG TEAPOT ( “Nini” Resin Pug Dog Miniature Teapot ): I assume this darling pug is a part of the Nini Miniature Teapots Collection though I could find no other like it on my Google search. I guess you cold call this pug “bone headed” (like our Jade at times). The bone on his head serves as the handle of the lid of a “box” with “Nini” impressed in the base of the box. A gold safety chain is attached to the lid so it can not be lost. A charming and affordable addition to any collection.

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



NOVEMBER RESCUE PUG PRINT ( Antique-Style Elaine Vollherbst Pug Print ): This Pug Painting was done by Elaine Vollherbst in the 1990's. She remains active and specializes in the painting of animals and plants. Elaine paints in an old style and her paintings are filled with serenity and peace. You can see in the close-up of this pug's face that it even contains faux cracks in the surface as one would detect in an antique painting. Her signature is also visible. This print of one of her pug paintings is in a burlap covered wooden frame. I think you will find the price of “rescuing” this pug very attractive.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Monthly Rescue Pugs are for U.S.A. collectors only unless purchased along with another item(s) by an International collector.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 7” high, 7” wide, 3/4” deep.



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. It all a put on! Like Conta & Boehme Pugs, these antique pugs were inexpensive when made in the late 19th & early 20th Centuries and, thus, rarely hallmarked. This pug is more highly prized because he is one of the very few who does contain a hallmark. The oval hallmark (see photos) contains “Victoria” & “Carlsbad” with “Austria” below and an eagle is inside. There is also the number “294”. Again like the C & B pugs, these are nicely molded and hand painted. The molding is well detailed with a ruff around the neck and a collar with a ring. 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. Few minor glaze defects on back of head. (see photo)
Size: 4 3/4” high, 5” long and 2 1/2” wide.



COMPLIMENTARY PUG ( Antique Pug Paperweight ): This charming, gold painted Pug in a Barrel was made by the Lancaster Silver Plate Company of Lancaster, PA. Since it burned down in 1893 we can assume he was made at an earlier date. Few Americans of that time could afford the luxury of Sterling Silver items so Silver Plated ware was very popular. This pug, with his tail poking out of a knothole in the barrel, has “Compliments Lancaster Silver Plate Co” printed around the base. He has lovely amber colored faceted crystal eyes. I believe such eye-catching items were given to dealers to help advertise their company's wares. This charmer could be set on a counter for customers to admire or be used by the boss as a paperweight. In any case, he will make a rare and eye-catching pug for your collection!

Condition: Very good. A significant amount of the gold paint has rubbed off, but what can you expect for a 125 year old pug?
Size: 3 1/2” high, barrel roughly 1 1/2” in diameter, base 2 1/4” in diameter.



SURPRISE, MOM! ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Fawn Pug Dog ): Look what popped out of mom's new hat box, scattering tissue paper everywhere in her haste to make an appearance. I'm sure this pug puppy will make a wonderful gift for the lucky lady. This is the first time I have seen this Eve Pearce model. I love the playful humor it portrays. This fawn pug pops out of a pink and white striped hat box with a large baby blue bow on the top cover. It is set on a platform that looks like rock. 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 of the platform. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching. A wonderful addition whether you collect pugs or all breeds of Eve Pearce dogs.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 4 1/2” high, 6 1/2” wide, 4” deep.



LARGE CAT-FACED PUG ( Antique Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dog ): This handsome pug comes from my personal collection. He belongs to what I call the Cat-Faced Pug family, but he is much larger and more finely decorated than most. I believe he is a Staffordshire Pug made in the latter part of the 19th Century. He has the clipped ears, longer muzzle and longer legs typical of Victorian Pug figurines. Multiple small potteries, often run by families, sprouted up in the English county of Staffordshire in the 1830's. The quality of their porcelains did not match those made in Germany, but they were inexpensive so could be purchased by the common Englishmen and became very popular. They were generally posed in such a way that they fit nicely on one's mantel and were often known as “comforters”. He is slip cast and decorated with a warm fawn colored coat with reddish-brown face, feet and tail. He wears a blue collar with gold bells on it. You can see his relatively large size in the photo taken with a soda can. A wonderful addition for any pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. Minor flaws in glaze typical of Staffordshires.
Size: 7” high, 5 1/2” long, 3 1/2” deep.



LOVING MOM & PUP PUGS ( Rudolph Kämmer Dresden Antique-Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): This beautiful fawn-spotted Antique Style Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog mother and suckling puppy was made by the Rudolph Kämmer Porcelain Factory of the Thuringia region of Germany. Famous for its porcelain since 1862, Kämmer - along with Meissen, Thieme and Nymphenburg - are the four German porcelain factories making the highest quality hard paste porcelain pugs, hand painted by the finest porcelain artists and using the 19th century style pugs - longer legs and muzzle and cropped ears. My favorite Kämmer Pug features are the large gold bells on the burnt orange collars and the soft brown eyes - just like those of our pug, Jade. The Kämmer pugs are less expensive than similar sized Meissen & Thieme Pugs because they are made from post WWII molds, as opposed to the antique molds the others have retained. You can see the Kämmer crown over “K” hallmark with the initials “e.r.” beside it, probably the porcelain artist. Add this beauty to your collection.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 8" high, 8 1/2" long - tail to foreleg, 4 3/4" deep. Seven bells 5/8” in diameter.



WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PUG: ( Vintage Porcelain Pug Dog ): Meet “TRUMP” - the favorite pug dog of the famous 18th Century English painter and social satirist - William Hogarth. Hogarth owned several pugs and started using them as quasi-human actors in social situations as early as 1730. In 1740 Louis-Francois Roubiliac - the most important sculptor working in 18th Century England - modeled complementary terracotta sculptures of Hogarth and Trump (Victorian & Albert Museum), both of which were later reproduced in porcelain by the Chelsea Pottery Factory. In 1745 Hogarth used Roubiliac’s two figures as models for his famous ironic self portrait - “The Painter and His Pug”. Hogarth is shown in a painting within a painting, with Trump as his alter ego. The English company, Halcyon Days, has made this nicely molded and hand painted reproduction of the Trump figurine. The history is printed on the base. Trump is a must for every pug collector.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 3 1/4”. Pug 2 3/4” high, 2 1/4” long 1 1/4” wide. Base 2 3/8” long, 1 3/4” wide, 1/2” high.



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.



DOUBLE TROUBLE ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): As always, Basil Matthews has managed to give these two pugs their own unique facial expression. To me they look alert to see what trouble they can get into. This pair of pugs are about as close to being true sisters as I've seen – same facial decoration and expression, same body color and decoration, same pillow color and decoration, same condition and, most unusual, neither has the usual glaze finish, but rather a soft matte appearance and feel – almost like a bisque finish. The only things different are the “Basil Matthews” signatures, found on the back of each pillow. 'Tis a puzzle! Since Matthews' figurines were all hand decorated, no two are exactly alike, so yours will always be unique. He started producing his fanciful little figures in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, in 1946. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, along with several other honors. Now deceased (1985), his little beauties have become harder to find and even more valuable. There is a green felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching and the original “Basil Matthews” sticker on each. Don't miss this rare opportunity to purchase such a great pair.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height of each 2 3/4”. Pugs 2 1/8” high, 2” long. Pillows around 2 1/4” long, 1 3/4” wide.


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AUSTRIAN TERRA COTTA TREASURE ( Antique Austrian Terra Cotta Pug Dog ): I always look at the Terra Cotta Pugs at antique shows we attend, but they are usually either too expensive or too badly damaged. Terra Cotta (baked earth) is unglazed, earth colored, hard baked clay. It is the softest material used to make antique pugs and thus the most easily chipped, cracked or just plain broken. Repairs are often obvious. That is why I was thrilled when I found this reasonable priced, charming Terra Cotta Pug in remarkably good condition. He has a somewhat humorous expression on his face with golden glass eyes. He was filthy when purchased but, after a bath, he looked quite wonderful so he remained in my personal collection for many years. He wears a burnt orange collar with a buckle in front. He is very nicely molded with Victorian style cropped ears. The great majority of these pugs were made in Austria in the latter half of the 19th Century. They are unmarked and weren’t meant to be expensive, but have become so due to their rarity – particularly in this kind of condition. A treasure for any pug collection!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 4 1/2” long, 2 3/4” high, 2” deep.



MEISSEN’S THREE PLAYFUL PUGS ( Vintage Meissen Porcelain Pug Dogs ): This Meissen grouping of three playful pugs represents - in my opinion - Meissen’s finest pug motif figurine. It was modeled in the mid-1700’s by Johann Joachim Kändler, generally acknowledged as the greatest German porcelain modeler of all time. He was the prime Meissen artist from 1733 to 1775. Pugs were a favorite of August the Strong of Saxony (founder of Meissen) and his aristocratic friends. Thus they were also a favorite of Kändler - often appearing at the feet or on the lap of his human figurines. These 3 pugs epitomize the special skill Kändler had for molding animals in action. We can all recognize how realistic the playful positions of these pugs are. The collars are blue and all bear the golden bells that add beauty and value to Meissen pug figurines. The Meissen Manufactory, located 25 km from Dresden, escaped the WW II destruction of almost all Dresden porcelain companies, allowing us to continue to appreciate Meissen’s great 18th & 19th Century porcelains. Meissen pugs are made of the finest hard paste porcelain and decorated by some of Germany’s finest porcelain artists. Besides bearing the famous Meissen crossed swords hallmark there is a blue "78836" (the model number) and an impressed “141D”. The “D” indicates it was “thrown” in 1983 from the the original mold dating back to the mid-1700's. The yellow painted “23” probably designates the artist. The pugs are gallivanting on a grass-covered base with the unusual addition of 5 purple flowers with their leaves. The pugs may appear white but are actually a very light fawn color. Make this classic piece part of your collection!

Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs.
Size: Each pug is 3 1/2" long and 1 3/4" to 2 1/2" high. The base is 6 1/2" long, 4" wide & 7/8" high. Total height - 3 1/2".



POTTY TIME ( Vintage Franz Bergmann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): Who says pugs can't be trained? At least Vienna Bronze Pugs made by Franz Bergmann can be. Apparently Bergmann had a good sense of humor. Vienna Bronze artists started to “humanize” their animal figurines in the early 20th Century so this may actually be classified as an “antique” pug. This pug is not only unusual in his “activity”, but also in his size. Most Vienna Bronze pugs are 1 1/2” to 1 3/4” tall. This one is twice as big so he can be displayed in any pug collection. The vintage Vienna Bronzes were molded in small batches and have very fine detail – note how you can see each individual hair in his coat. The newer ones made since the 1990's may come from the same old molds, but are made in larger batches with much less detail. 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. One of Bergmann’s distinctive hallmarks – a “B” within an urn – can be seen on the pug's right hip. Don't miss out on this chance to add a rare and really funny pug to your collection!

Condition: Very good. Some loss of paint, particularly from arms, magazine & potty. No broken parts.
Size: 3 3/8” high, 1 1/2” wide, 2” deep.



HOW DO YOU DO? ( Antique Bisque Porcelain Pug & Spitz Nodder ): This German Antique Bisque Pug & White Spitz has always been among my favorites and you may have seen it on my site in the past. But this one is extra special! It is one of the quite rare “nodders”. The Spitz is the one who nods, you can see the head removed among my photos. It has a weighted bottom allowing it to nod on a metal rod through the neck. I have one in my personal collection, but beyond that this is only the second I have ever seen. Both dogs are very nicely molded. The Pug appears to be looking up at the Spitz, probably in awe about how he can nod! They are slip cast and the soft bisque surface is obtained by only giving it one final firing. There is the number "3" marked inside the open base. I hope you take this opportunity to add this relatively rare piece, in wonderful condition, to your pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. German-made with fine detailing.
Size: Pug 2 3/4” tall. Spitz 4 1/4” tall. Base 3 3/8” wide, 2” deep, 3/4” high. Total height 5”.


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