This little pair of dogs look towards English Staffordshire (black Jackfield) models for inspiration. However, they are more likely to be Scottish in origin and made at the Bo'ness or Bridgeness Pottery.
HISTORY: In the 18th century, Bo’ness was one of the most thriving towns on the east coast and ranked as the third port in Scotland.
Among the town's many thriving industries was pottery production and Bo'ness soon became established as one of the main pottery-producing areas in the country.
Pottery production in the town lasted for almost 200 years and it reached its heyday at the end of the 19th century when three factories were operating simultaneously at Bo'ness, Grangepans and Bridgeness.
The last pottery closed as recently as 1958.
These wee Bo'ness models are very similar to Jackfield ones. They have the same black enamel glaze and gold highlights - but instead of red clay, they are made from white-coloured clay. They have a large air-hole in each base - as you often find on Bo'ness figures.
These dogs form a matching pair. They are in excellent condition and decorated with gold gilding to pick out details in the modelling. They are in good antique condition and have no damages. They have tiny glass eyes.
Dimensions: Height 7 ½ inches. The width is 6 inches and the depth is 3 inches.
Unpacked they are 1.2 kg in weight.
These black Bo'ness Pottery Wally Dugs are harder to source and this is reflected in my asking price. They are items for the more specialist collector of Scottish pottery. They were bought by me many years ago at Bonhams in Edinburgh - and I think that they came from the collection of Mrs Iris Fox.
These are available for posting to UK addresses only.