Question: How do I know if my Staffordshire dogs antique?

How can you tell real Staffordshire?

When buying Staffordshire pieces, look for the dime-size hole somewhere on the piece, most likely on the bottom. The hole indicates authenticity – for in the baking of the porcelain, heat was diffused through the hole. Todays reproductions do not have the hole in the base.

When was Staffordshire pottery made?

Staffordshire ware, lead-glazed earthenware and unglazed or salt-glazed stoneware made in Staffordshire, England, from the 17th century onward. Abundance of local clays and coal gave rise to a concentration of pottery factories that made Staffordshire one of the foremost pottery centres in Europe.

Why is it called Wally Dug?

These are Staffordshire dog figures, a matching pair of pottery spaniel dogs and in Victorian times no house was complete without these sitting keeping guard on the mantelpiece! They were mainly manufactured by Staffordshire Pottery, but they were also made in Scotland where we called them Wally Dugs!

What are spill jars?

A spill vase is a small cylindrical vase or wall-hanging vase for containing splints, spills, and tapers for transferring fire, for example to light a candle or pipe from a lit fire.

What does Wally mean in Scotland?

This is a Scots urban word that means to be pale and and colourless in appearance or off-colour and ill-looking. We know it starts life around the early years of the nineteenth century as the single word peelie for a person who is thin, gaunt or pale.

What is Wheres Wallys dog called?

Woof Woof (voiced by David Workman) - Woof is Wallys dog and good friend. Woof originally belonged to Wilma, but over the years became Waldos dog. Woof comes from the Land of Woofs, which is a land full of dogs like him. Like his owner, Woof sports a red and white bobbled hat, glasses, and a red and white striped suit.

Why did Staffordshire become the Centre of the pottery industry?

North Staffordshire became a centre of ceramic production in the early 17th century, due to the local availability of clay, salt, lead and coal.

What is Staffordshire famous for making?

This is mainly due to how readily available clay, lead, coal and salt was in the area, which first launched in 1720. They make well known ranges like Moorcroft, Wedgwood and Emma Bridgewater. A number of ovens and chimneys can still be seen across the area throwing back to days-gone-by.

What is an antique spill vase?

A spill vase is a small cylindrical vase or wall-hanging vase for containing splints, spills, and tapers for transferring fire, for example to light a candle or pipe from a lit fire. From the documentary record, they probably date back to the 15th century, though the heyday of specially made vases is the 19th century.

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