Thursday, 5 May 2011

Staffordshire dogs with glass eyes

2 large Staffordshire china dogs,  sometimes called pot dogs - mantelpiece dogs, or Wullie dogs (in Scotland).  They come in many shapes and sizes, sometimes painted in black or rust on white, and are based on the King Charles Cavalier spaniel.  Queen Victoria popularised these spaniels, particularly with her famous dog called 'Dash'. They were made from c1840 to about 1900.  The dogs above have glass eyes which is unusual, and  have a haughty expression. They were made in the latter part of the 19th century.


  1. i'm interested in buying dogs but how do you pay?

  2. you'd have to get in touch with a British antique dealer who may have a pair of china dogs for sale. They ARE obtainable, although dogs with glass eyes are rare now. Thanks for your inquiry. tb.