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INK, MASTER? ( Antique Victorian Wood Carved Pug Dog Inkwell ): This Antique Pug Inkwell had to be inspirational to his owner. Just open up his head, dip your quill pen and the words flow forth. He is very nicely carved and decorated with the appropriate dark areas for a pug and two large lovely glass eyes. He has a stitched leather collar with a metal buckle. Inside he has the metal insert and lid with an ink pad in the lid on which to dab the pen. You can see it has been used. There was probable originally a glass ink container which fit down within the metal cup. I don't know the origin of this beauty for sure, but most were made in the Bavarian area of either the Austrian Empire or Germany during the Victorian era. These are quite rare. Don't miss this opportunity to add an Antique Pug Inkwell to you collection.

Condition: Very good. A few fine drying cracks. Probably missing glass insert.
Size:Pug head 4 3/4” high, 3 1/4” wide, 4 1/4” deep.



TICKLE MY TUMMY! ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): This clown is posed just like our clown, Jade, often poses when she wants to play. I love Eve's black clown pugs – white ruffled clown collar with red, black and gold stripes contrasts so beautifully against the black. 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 bottom along with felt pads to prevent scratching. Let this Pug Clown make you laugh!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 5 1/4” long, 2 1/4” high, 2 3/4” wide.



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.



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.



AUGUST RESCUE PUGS ( Porcelain Pug Mugs ): Most men are very hard for friends & family to buy gifts for. However, once they find out that you own and collect pugs, it becomes much easier and we get showered with all types of “pugaphernalia”. I have more Pug Mugs than fingers. These mugs were designed by Barbara Augello and made by Xpres Corp. in 2002. The pug’s faces are 3-dimensional. I felt this handsome unused pair deserved a better fate than just sitting in our cupboard. So this is one of the Rescue Pugs that I post each month. I think you will find the price of “adopting” these Pug Mugs 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: 3 3/4" high, 3 1/2" diameter.


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SUMMER SNOOZE ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): Our pugs do love to snooze in the cutest positions and Eve Pearce has provided this one a nice soft, flower decorated bolster to rest his chin upon. Eve has captured him in a favorite pose – legs all stretched out. 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 bottom of this pug. There are felt pads to prevent scratching. A great gift for yourself or someone you love at an affordable price.

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



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.



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.



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".



STAFFORDSHIRE STAR ( Antique Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dog ): Nineteenth Century Staffordshire Porcelain Pug Dogs in good condition are hard to come by. I’m sure you all see many of the Staffordshire King Charles Spaniels. Clive Mason Pope’s “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs” pictures only 3 different pugs (pp. 144 & 145), with this gorgeous pair head and shoulders above the others in quality, style and size. (Photo from book included.) He dates them circa 1880. Small potteries in the English county of Staffordshire started making large numbers of King Charles Spaniels, Queen Victoria’s favorite, in the 1830’s. Other breeds soon followed. They were known as “comforters”. Unlike most Staffordshire dogs, these pugs are beautifully molded with great detail. They sport gilded collars, gilt highlights in the grass between their legs and along the front or their ears. Glass eyes were first used in Staffordshire dogs in the 1860’s and they quickly became the most highly sought after. These are the only Staffordshire Pugs with glass eyes. Staffordshires are generally not marked. This one has a small “S” on the base.

Condition: Excellent. The light areas on the brows and edge of ears are all original to piece. I examined them with a “black light” and there are no defects in the glaze. Some loss of the gold. Almost always the case.

Size: 12 ½” high, 10” long, 4 ¾” deep.



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”.



NYMPHENBURG CHAMPION ( Nymphenburg Porcelain Pug Dog ): Of all the German-made fine hard paste porcelain pug dog figurines, I've found those by Nymphenburg the most difficult to find – particularly at a price allowing resale. All the antique style pugs have long legs and muzzles compared to our pugs of today, most have the clipped ears finally outlawed by Queen Elizabeth, but Nymphenburg Pugs are the most delicate. I have a Nymphenburg Catalog which details how that is achieved. Each part has its separate mold and then the separate pieces are “glued” together with porcelain “mass” and all the rough areas smoothed before the first firing. This pug was made from at least 7 molds. The Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, located in the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, was founded in 1747. My catalog, from 1997, has 3 pugs in it – one antique & two modern. The prices are unbelievable! I have handled the white (blanc de Chine) version of this pug, but this is the first decorated one I have been able to offer. I have his twin in my personal collection. He is standing on a grass covered platform with an “E.” just behind the left rear foot. On the bottom you can see the impressed Bavarian coat of arms and the numbers “471” and “27”. The hallmark is also imprinted and surrounded with the words “PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR - NYMPHENBURG”. Though he was probably made in the 20th Century, his molds date back to the 19th Century. Don't pass up this handsome Nymphenburg Champion!

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Pug – 4 1/4” high, 4 1/2" long, 2 1/4" deep. Base 4 1/2” long, 2 1/2” deep.


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