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CIGAR ANYONE? ( Vintage Faux Antique Pug Dog Humidor ): At first glance one could easily take this handsome fellow, with his nice pattern of crazing and golden collar and bow, for a true antique pug humidor. But, in fact, he is a very nicely made 20th Century reproduction of a popular 19th Century model. He is a warm golden tan color fading into white in front. His face is nicely decorated in an antique style. Just for fun I have photographed him beside an antique Majolica Pug Humidor from my personal collection. You can easily see the resemblance.

Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs.
Size: 8” high, 7” long, 5” wide.




PROUD PUG ( Resin Pug Dog Book End ): I like the way this pug looks up at his mistress or master while perched on his pedestal – as if saying: “Aren't you proud of me?” And he is a champion. He has a deep cherry colored coat (darker than in my photos) making him look as if carved from some beautiful wood. His face and ears are realistically darker yet. He is nice sized as you can see from the soda can prop photo. He is seated on a black pedestal and the shape of it, with one flat side, indicates he was made as a book end. However, he can certainly just become a very nicely priced handsome member of your pug collection.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total height 8”. Pug 6 3/4” high, 4” long, 3” wide. Base 5” long, 4 1/4” wide, 1 1/4” high.



THE HAPPY COUPLE ( Vintage Bergmann Vienna Bronze Pug Dog ): My title is facetious. Unhappy Mr. Pug (on the right) has his eyes “squinched” and is looking off in the distance – wishing he were anywhere else. Madame Pug has her eyes wide open – looking daggers at him. “You will help me with the wash or else!” The details in this little masterpiece – pugs, rolled cloth, bar of soap, soap bubbles in blue water, large wooden tub – are amazing. I collect and deal both vintage (pre WWII) and new (last 20 years) Vienna Bronze Pugs. It is important to understand and be able to recognize the difference. The vintage pieces, such as this one, were molded in small batches and have much finer detail – note how you can see each individual hair of the pugs' coats. Even though the new pieces may come from the same old molds, they are made in much larger batches with much less detail and fast drying acrylic cold cast painting is used. 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. His work was continued into the 20th Century by his son, Xavier Bergmann. Many of their 20th Century pieces are based on the designs of Franz. One of Bergmann’s distinctive hallmarks – a “B” within an urn – can be seen on the bottom of the tub, along with “Austria”. This is a definite prize for you Vienna Bronze collectors!

Condition: Excellent. Very minimal loss of paint. It must not have been handled much by previous owners.
Size: 2 3/4”" wide, 1 5/8" high, 1 1/2” deep.





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”.



DRESDEN DAME ( Carl Thieme Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog ): The Carl Thieme Porcelain Company, established in 1867 in the Dresden suburb of Potschappel, is located just far enough away to have saved most or 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 antique mops molds remain. This sitting lovely lady is one of the two smallest, but she is quite a beauty. She is decorated in fawn and black and wears a royal blue collar with three golden bells on it along with a small blue bow at the back. The Thieme Dresden hallmark is near the base of her belly; the number “712” is impressed on the bottom. Made from hard paste porcelain, Thieme Pugs rank right up there with Meissen's in terms of quality. A lovely addition to any pug collection!

Condition: Excellent. The small hole in her chest (see photo) is a firing hole, not a defect.
Size: 4 3/4" high, 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4” wide.





KING OF THE BLACK PUGS ( Resin Black Pug Dog Figurine ): Every month I get requests for more black pugs. I have literally searched the hills (Texas Hill Country) for them and found this handsome stud. Obviously a Westminster or Crufts champion with his Silver Crown to prove it. He is a resin cast pug with very nice details. Add a little fun to your collection!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 7” high, 6” long, 3 1/4” wide.



LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE ( Vintage Pug Dog Night Light ): I purchased this darling Pug Clown Night Light at an antique show many years ago. He has been in my display case, as opposed to out in the open, for fear one of our pugs or cats might choose to play with him – so he remains in excellent condition. I don't actually know when he was made, just that the pug's longer legs and muzzle and cropped ears make him look like a Victorian Pug and the silver plated light stand seems to be Art Deco inspired. The electrical parts, with a 15 watt bulb and a switch in the cord, appear newer than that and may be replacements – all work fine. Pugs have been depicted as clowns since they were chosen by French royalty to be their choice as the resident Jesters of the court in the 1600's. And they still make us laugh today – the little clowns! Just look at YouTube videos. Let this treasure Light Up Your Life!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Base 5” wide, 3 1/2” deep, 1 1/4” high. Pug 2” high, 1 3/4” long, 1” wide. Globe 3 1/2” high, 3 1/3” diameter. Total height 4 5/8”. Cord length 5 ft.





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.



A WINNER! ( Antique Porcelain Pug Dog Fairing Piece ): This is a wonderful white porcelain pug from the Edwardian era (early 1900’s). These pugs were made for prizes at English fairs and as travel souvenirs. Impressed in the back of the base is “Germany” and “3960”. Germany made many of the porcelain fairing pieces and travel souvenirs for England in the Victorian and Edwardian eras because Germany made them better and less expensively. This pug is decorated with a light blue collar and blue bows on the light yellow basket. The puppy pugs are painted gold. The mom has a hand decorated face and is seated on a burnt orange base. She is posed to display. These pugs were reproduced in the 1980’s by Fitz and Floyd – a tribute to their popularity. The “repros” are easy to differentiate from the antiques – they have darker brown baskets and the pups are white. Why don't you become this pug's winner?

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. Some of the gold paint has worn off the puppies – almost always the case with the cold painted gold on antique pugs.
Size: Pug 5” high, 4” long and 2 1/2” deep. Base 4 1/2” long, 2” wide and 1/2” high. Total height 5 1/2”.





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.



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.



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.



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.



PUG PUGILISTS ( Vienna Bronze Boxing Pug Dogs ): Pugs are generally playful and peace loving dogs, but when only one edible item is put out in front of two ravenous (aren’t they always) pugs, one can see the PUGnacious side of their personalities. Here we have a boxing match between Mr. Black Pug vs. Mr. Brown Pug. Each wears large colorful boxing gloves. In all honesty they don't look very fierce. I don't think they will hurt each other. These were made by the Fritz Bermann Bronze Company founded in 1850. You can see the gold Bermann hallmark on the bottom - “F B” over “W”. The “W” is for “Wein” - Vienna. Though relatively newly cast, the mold for them probably dates back to the early 1900's when the Viennese Bronze artists first started “humanizing” certain animals for there models. Pugs were among their favorites and you can see why!

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



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.





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.





SILLY-WILLY PUG ( Vintage Bisque Porcelain Pug Dog ): This vintage bisque porcelain pug is giving someone the "raspberries". Probably that cat who thinks she runs the house. Our pugs know about that! I like the old pugs that show some personality or a sense of humor. This one is a nicely molded slip cast bisque pug dog, with a fair amount of detail in his face and ruff. He sports a gilt decorated collar with two golden tassels. Usually the gold is worn off these old fellows, but this one has a clear sealant over the gold to preserve it.

Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There are several tiny black dots on surface.
Size: 4 1/4" tall, 2 3/4" long, 2" deep.


CALL 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.





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.





A REAL STAFFORDSHIRE PUG PAIR ( Victorian Staffordshire Pug Dog Pair ): I’ve seen dozens of these standing Staffs during my 35 years of collecting, but rarely have a seen an actual pair. I found this pair at the Miami Beach Show a couple of years ago and couldn’t pass it up. Finding a true pair is special. In Clive Mason Pope’s book “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs”, he pictures only 3 types of pugs – the large gray ones with the glass eyes, this one (c 1890, page 144 – see photos) and the white sitting ones. Staffordshire Pugs have not been among my favorites. The reason I didn’t appreciate Staffordshire dogs was because of the thousands of King Charles Spaniels one sees – which the family shops in Staffordshire started making in 1837 because of the fame of Queen Victoria’s “Dash”. I learned the Staffordshire Pugs were made in small shops in Staffordshire, starting in the latter half of the 1800’s and often decorated by children. Thus, they are much cruder than the famous German porcelain pugs. They weren’t made for the export market, 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.

Condition: Excellent for age. Both pugs have a few flecks of black paint in the glaze and some paint rubbed off their muzzles and the small locks on their collars. The pug on the left has two very small firing cracks behind both front legs and what looks like a small superficial chip of the left front paw, but examination by a black light shows it is just paint rubbed off. There is a very small true chip in his tail. The pug on the right has a patch of bubbles in the glaze of her belly. (All shown in photos.) Except for the chip, the other findings are very common in Staffordshires.

Size: Pug on left 5 1/2” high, 5 1/2” long, 2 3/4" wide. Pug on right 5 5/8” high, 5 3/4" long, 2 3/4" wide.




For The Pair


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.



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.


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