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BLACK BEAUTY MOM & PUP ( Rudolph Kämmer Antique Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): This beautiful Dresden Black Porcelain Pug mother and suckling puppy was obviously copied from the famous similar Meissen model. This mom and pup were 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 golden bells on the burnt orange collars and the soft brown eyes - just like those of our own pug. 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 (see photo with soda can for size). You can see the Kämmer crown over “K” hallmark with a “LK” beneath it, probably the artist's initials. Add this Black Beauty to your collection!

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



ONE-OF-A-KIND PUG PIN ( Brad Elfrink Bone Pug Dog Brooch / Pin ): This incredible Pug Pin was hand carved and decorated by the noted artist, Brad Elfrink (a friend of my wife, JJ). Brad is best known for his stunning Bangles and Brooches hand carved from Vintage Bakelite. As a special favor to Judy, he carved this Bone Brooch based on a photograph of one of our pugs – Nala. Please note the 3-dimensional detail and the easily seen grain shown on the final photo of the back of the brooch. There is a safety catch pin on the reverse along with the signature - “Brad Elfrink” and the date “12.15.6”. You need never fear entering a room and seeing anyone else wearing such a prized Pug Pin. Pugs rule!

Condition: Excellent. Never worn.
Size: 3” high, 2 7/8” wide, 3/8” deep.



WHAT A LIFE! ( Eve Pearce Porcelain Pug Dog ): Our pugs do live a pampered life and Eve Pearce has captured that life perfectly with this model of a Black Pug. Her head resting on a beautiful floral decorated gold trimmed bolster, she sleeps in complete contentment without a care in the world. Eve molds these pugs 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 the pug. There are felt pads to prevent scratching. I'm sure she would sleep happily in your house.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Pug 3 1/2” long, 2 1/4” high, 1 3/4” wide. Bolster 4” long, 1” in diameter.



ALL ME CAT-FACED? ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog ): Though our pug loves our cats I don't think she would like to carry the moniker - “Cat-Faced” as does this model of Victorian Pugs. Judging from the look on his face I don't think he is very happy about it either. Yet these antique pugs do have both a face and tail reminiscent of those of a cat and the cropped ears, typical of 19th Century pugs, add to the cat-like appearance. These were inexpensive pugs when made and often had minor glaze and firing defects. This handsome lad is unusual in being almost perfect in that regard. He has the usual loss of gold paint from his collar and collar bells. He is perfectly posed to display with your pug collection.

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



MARCH RESCUE PUG ( Rudolph Kämmer Porcelain Pug Dog ): The German Kämmer Pugs I have in my personal collection, and most commonly sell, are those with the large golden bells such as the “Black Beauty” newly posted above. Somewhere along the line I purchased this cute little Mini-Kämmer Pug. He is shaped more like our modern pugs but does have the cropped ears like the larger Kämmer antique style pugs. You can see the Kämmer hallmark on his belly. Sadly, he has been squeezed out of my miniature pug display case. Since I don't want him living in a box, I am putting him up for adoption as one the Rescue Pugs that I post each month. I think you will find the price of “adopting” these pugs 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: 2 1/4” long, 1 3/4” high, 3/4” wide.



TAKING A BREAK ( Meissen Porcelain Pug Dog ): This is a charming pose that our pug, Jade, commonly takes when she takes a break from romping with our new kitten. I particularly like this Meissen model because it is unusual among figurines. I can't remember seeing any other pugs thus posed. Also notice the delicately molded and positioned front paws. Though I can't be sure, I would guess this pug is among those originally made by Meissen in the 1700's. That is when many of the pugs in other than the common sitting and standing positions were first molded. A feature I love on all Meissen Pugs is their “beauty marks”. It draws the historical tie between our own pugs and those of centuries ago. This pug has the classic light blue Meissen collar with four golden bells. Though it looks white, it is actually a very light fawn color. It has the five digit model number “78609” impressed in the base indicating it was made from its antique mold sometime since 1974 when Meissen switched from three to five. The red “65” is probably the artist's number and the famous Meissen blue crossed swords hallmark in on top of the model number. A marvelous and relatively rare addition for your collection.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 3 3/8" long, 1 5/8” wide, 1 3/8” high.


PP715 A & B

DRESDEN DUO ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog Pair ): The Carl Thieme Porcelain Company, established in 1867 in the Dresden suburb of Potschappel, is located just far enough away to have saved most of their 19th Century molds from the WWII destruction of Dresden. That is very fortunate for those of us who love pugs. To the best of my knowledge seven Thieme antique mops molds remain. This handsome pair are made from two of the seven. They are fawn colored with darker brown spots, black muzzles and yellow irises. They sport sky blue collars with five golden bells each and small bows in the back. And, of course, they have the elongated muzzle, longer legs and clipped ears of most antique pugs. The Thieme Dresden hallmark is at the rear of each. The male has the model “L713W” and the female “L712Y” impressed on the bottom. Made from hard paste porcelain, Thieme Pugs rank right up there with Meissen's in terms of quality. Don't miss this chance to add this lovely pair to your collection made from the rare actual antique molds.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: Each pug is 4 3/4" high, 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4” wide.


For The Pair


CAN I EAT YET? ( Eve Pearce Black Porcelain Pug Dog ): Well, Happy Birthday to this young Pug Pup! She is well trained. She seems to be looking up at her pug parent, like our Jade does when we feed her, pleading to hear “now” so she can dig into that luscious looking birthday cake with the cherries on top. I think she's afraid that the yellow butterfly is going to take a bite first. This is another example of Eve Pearce's skill in catching her pugs in a familiar, and often comical, pose. Please note the fine tufts of grass and pink topped mushrooms decorating the base. Eve molds her pugs by hand from hard paste porcelain and hand paints them, so yours will always be unique and special. Her hallmark can be seen on the base just behind the pug. There is a felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching.

Condition: Excellent
Size: Base 6” long, 3 1/2” wide. Total height 3 1/2”. Pug 3 1/4” high, 3 1/4” long, 2” wide. Cake 1 1/2” in diameter.



BUDDIES ( Vintage Fritz Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): This is a darling Vienna Bronze Pug & a Dachshund huddled together under a large red umbrella with a little mouse peeking at them over the top. (c. early 1990's) The Fritz Bermann Bronze Company dates back to 1850. Their 19th Century pugs were mainly realistic, but their pugs – along with mainly cats and frogs – were “humanized” in the early 20th Century and became very popular. The Bermann Company is still making these little masterpieces today. The post-WWII ones are made in larger batches with less detail and painted with acrylic paint. They are just as charming but less expensive than those made pre-WWII. You can see the Bermann hallmark on the bottom of the Pug - “F B” over “W”. The “W” is for “Wein” - Vienna. A darling addition to any collection.

Condition: Excellent. No loss of paint nor any defects.
Size: 2” wide, 1 1/4” high, 1 1/4” deep. Pug 7/8” long, Dachshund 1 1/8” long including tail.


MAGNIFICENT MOMMY MOPS ( Antique Hallmarked Conte & Boehme German Porcelain Pug Dog ): Conte & Boehme Pugs, not unlike Pugs themselves, are an acquired taste. Most pug owners have been told “She’s so ugly she’s cute”. That phrase may fit these C & B pugs dating from the late 1800’s. They become lovely in our eyes. This is especially true for the larger C & B Pugs over around 5” tall. They have much more detail in their morphology. What is frustrating in my search for such pugs at the various shows we go to or the direct offers I get to purchase pugs, is that the majority have flaws, some significant like leg or tail repairs, some not like fine scratches, small firing cracks or professional bell re-attachments. Some I am not able to detect until I can examine them with my black light. This large C & B Pug, purchased from a private collection, was a delightful exception. This lovely lady sports a collar decorated with 2 blue stripes and a central gold stripe, along with 5 large bells and a large bow. She has the added bonus of having the impressed C & B Hallmark of an Arm bearing a Short Sword within a Shield on her left front paw. The German Conte & Boehme Porcelain Company did not make the high quality, perfectly molded pugs like those produced by Meissen, Dresden & Nymphenburg. Their figurines of all types were made for the common folk and were relatively inexpensive so most were not hallmarked and many imperfect. These C & B Pugs were made in the latter part of the 1800’s, with the large models much less common than the smaller 3" to 5" pugs. The presence of the C & B Hallmark increases her value, so I’m sure she will become a prized possession for some lucky collector.

Condition: Excellent. Examined with black light. No repairs or repainting. Minor firing crack by left haunch (see photo). The usual loss of much of the gold paint from the bells & collar. (It is cold painted after firing so it rubs off easily.)
Size: 6 1/4” high, 7” long, 4” wide.



DRESDEN MANN PUG ( Vintage Dresden Style Porcelain Pug Dog ): Can't afford most antique or antique style Dresden Pugs? Then this fellow is for you! Yes, this is a Dresden Pug - elongated muzzle and legs, cropped ears, white with gray spots, seated with face turned, high quality hard paste porcelain and hand painted. He is almost an exact duplicate in size and molding of the 7” Thieme Dresden Pugs you will see on these pages only his decoration is less detailed. Why is he priced so low? Because he is an Italian Dresden – very nice, but not quite the quality found in the German Dresden Pugs. This is a 1974 model imported from Italy by Seymour Mann, Inc. – best known for porcelain dolls. On the base it says “Museo, First Edition”, “© Seymour Mann Inc”, “1974”. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase a Dresden Pug at a very affordable price.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 7” high, 7” long, 4 1/2” wide.



SNAPPY PUG ( Antique Majolica Pug Dog Smoking Set ): This snappy dresser, with his coral cocked hat and coral collar with hanging lock, is ahead of his time. Most smokers go outside to smoke these days. 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. I love to visit the Majolica booths at antique shows – so bright and cheerful. This smoking set has “6505” and what looks like “12” impressed in the base. Why, you might ask, is this rare and delightful antique pug so inexpensive? It is not because of the fairly common fine cracks seen at the back of the cigarette holder, but rather due to the extensive repair of the right side and much of the back of the base. (see photos) Despite that, this colorful pug display looks fine from the front and makes a great affordable nice sized Snappy Antique Pug for any collection.

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.



PERKY PUG ( Antique Silver Plate Pug Dog ): James W. Tufts opened his Silver-Plate Company in Boston in 1875 to provide fine tableware for middle and lower class people who could not afford Sterling Silver. He produced mainly high-quality quadruple plate items meaning the electroplating contained four times the amount of pure silver than standard plate. He also produced elaborate silver soda fountains and founded Arctic Soda Fountain which later became the American Soda Fountain Company. I don't know what this perky quadruple silver plated pug was initially a part of. You can see a piece of metal on the top of the back end of the base which I assume fastened him to something larger. I'd like to think it was a pug decorated soda fountain! On the bottom is stamped the Tufts star hallmark surrounded by “James W Tufts, Boston” and “Warranted Quadruple Plate”, plus the model number “1543”. (As a little trivia – Tufts also founded Pinehurst, N.C., - the famous golf resort town.) Make this old perky fellow yours

Condition: Good. Was one part of a larger item.
Size: Base 3 3/4” long, 1 3/8” wide, 1/4” high. Pug 2 1/8” long, 1 1/2” high, 5/8” wide. Total height 1 3/4”.



BASIL BEAUTY ( Vintage Basil Matthews Porcelain Pug Dog ): I am always on the look out for more Basil Matthews Pugs and I was pleased to find this one. It is rare to find one seated on this type of plush pillow. Most are found on a blue-edged cushion. This style pug is slightly larger. The pillow is light blue colored and decorated with purple and white flowers. Each of his pugs has a slightly different expression on their funny face, but all of them make you smile. 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. You can see the “Basil Matthews” signature on the back of the pillow. There is a green felt pad on the bottom to prevent scratching and the original “Basil Matthews” sticker. No pug collection is complete without at least one Basil Matthews Pug – and preferably many more.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 2 3/4”. Pug: 2 1/8” high, 2” long. Pillow: 2 1/2” long, 1 5/8” wide, 5/8” high.



CLASSY STAFF ( Antique Victorian Porcelain Staffordshire Pug Dog ): Staffordshire dogs were made in small shops in Staffordshire, England, starting in the early 1800’s and often decorated by children. They weren’t made for the export market – like the German pugs – but made for the mantles of ordinary Englishmen and often called “comforters”. Thanks to Queen Victoria – and by extension Staffordshire – dogs became part of English Victorian families. They only had to earn their keep by giving love and joy – just as our pugs today. In the book “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs” by Clive Mason Pope only 3 types of pugs are pictured. This one (Figure 3, Page 145 – see photo), and its mate, being one of them. This is the larger of the 2 Staffordshire Pugs of this model. You can judge its size in the photo with the soda can. I have handled a number of Staffordshire Pugs and this one is in the best condition of any. It will be a great addition to any pug collection.

Condition: Excellent. There are small glaze defects on the left hip and left front paw (both pictured) which are not significant. Mild loss of gold from collar lock. There are no chips, cracks, scratches or repairs.
Size: 11” high, 7” long, 5” deep.



FAUX MEISSEN PUG MOM & PUP ( Antique Victorian Porcelain Pug Dog from Lena Horne Collection ): When my wife saw me holding this pug she said: “What a cute Meissen pug!” Yes, she is an old porcelain hand painted pug with cropped ears, a blue collar and a crossed swords trademark. And the pose of the pug mom with her baby peeking out from under her is that of a Meissen model. But I’m afraid she’s only a “Faux” Meissen Pug. The hallmark is that of the French company, Samson & Sons. However, what makes this pug even more interesting is that she comes from Lena Horne's pug collection! The dealer I purchased her from was a Majolica dealer. He had purchased several pugs from her collection at auction. He only wanted her Majolica Pug but had to purchase a small batch. He was selling the others, including this one, for very reasonable prices. The Majolica was beyond my budget. But - what the heck – this is a lovely Pug Mom & Pup and I’ve never seen another like her. She’s a good example of how porcelain factories all over Europe tried to emulate the famous (and expensive) Meissen Porcelains before hallmark laws became stricter in the late 1800's. So she’ll make a very interesting addition to your collection of pugs.

Condition: Good. Missing back collar bell. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Size: 3 1/8” tall, 3” long, 2” deep.



LOVELY LADY ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): This lovely Dresden Female Pug is made from one of only seven remaining Nineteenth Century Dresden Pug model molds of the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory of Potschappel, Germany, a suburb of Dresden, established in 1867. The pug molds escaped the leveling of Dresden during WWII only because Potschappel is a suburb of Dresden. Their pugs are made of the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand decorated just as they were 145 year ago. My photos can’t do justice to this beauty, but study the details of the molding. You can see the muscles and tendons of her legs. Though impossible to show in my photos - besides the painted hair, she has fine molded hair all over her body and tail. She has a lavender collar lined in gold bearing six gold bells. Thieme Pugs match the famous Meissen pugs in quality and most are larger. You can judge this pugs size in the photo with the soda can. Besides the Thieme hallmark I have pictured, she has “C1457T” impressed in the base of the tail and “75” painted in the glaze. Probably the model and artist’s mark. A Lovely Lady to add to your pug family.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, scratches or repairs.
Size: 7" high, 7" long, 4 3/4” wide.



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".



CHECK MATE MOVE ( Antique Bermann Vienna Bronze Pug Dogs ): As the sweet little pug on the right subtly makes his Check Mate Chess move, the large, mean looking pug on the left gives him the “if looks could kill” stare. It is delightful how the Viennese Bronze artists could give their pugs so much personality – just like our own pugs. The Fritz Bermann Bronze Company dates back to 1850. Their 19th Century pugs were mainly realistic, but their pugs – along with mainly cats and frogs – were “humanized” in the early 20th Century and became very popular. The Bermann Company is still making these little masterpieces today, but the post-WWII ones are made in larger batches with less detail and painted with bright acrylic paint. If you collect Vienna Bronzes it is important that you learn to tell the difference since the old ones (pre-Great Depression) are much move valuable. I have shown a close-up of the back of the pug on the left – please note how you can see every hair of his coat. Amazing! Each chair seat has the Bermann hallmark on the bottom - “F B” over “W”. The “W” is for “Wein” - Vienna. “AUSTRIA” is impressed on the bottom of the table along with “GESCHÜTZT” - patented.

Condition: Excellent. No broken parts. There is paint loss in areas frequently handled – mainly sides of chairs – consistent with age.
Size: 2 5/8” wide, 1 3/4” high, 1” deep.


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